Aquarium of Genoa
The Aquarium of Genoa is the largest exhibition of aquatic biodiversity in Europe, with 70 tanks housing over 12,000 animals belonging to 600 species, against the incomparable backdrop of the Gulf of Genoa.
Inaugurated in 1992 for the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the New World, the Aquarium welcomes over one million visitors every year.
Its 27,000 square metres of exhibition space offer visitors the chance to take a trip through the seas of the world in order to admire dolphins, sharks, penguins, manatees and Antarctic animals: it is the only facility in Europe to house jellyfish, tropical fish, seals and much more, in environments that faithfully reproduce the natural habitats of the different species represented.
The complete visit lasts about 3 hours and offers spectacular views of the Old Port of Genoa - the Aquarium is located on the centuries-old wharf of Ponte Spinola - and comprises 40 large tanks in the first section, 4 open-air tanks in the Cetaceans Pavilion (with its unique design by Renzo Piano) and 19 tanks in the Biodiversity Pavilion, located within an actual ship called "Nave Italia", where the public can pet stingrays in a large, specially-designed "petting zoo" tank. Also impressive are the reconstructed natural environments of the individual species housed in the Aquarium of Genoa, featuring not only sea creatures, but also reptiles, amphibians and rainforest and freshwater animals in general.
Tickets are on sale at the Tourist Information Offices (via Garibaldi 12r, Via al Porto Antico 2, Aeroporto C. Colombo-Arrival hall), on line www.acquariodigenova.it and at the ticket office of the Aquarium