Genovese Acquario is the largest in Italy and the second largest in Europe. It has 3.100 square metres and welcomes almost 1,5 millions of visitors each year. The aquarium was built for Genoa EXPO '92 and it looks like a big ship ready to head out to the sea. The exibition concept was to show Ligurian Sea, the North Atlantic and Caribbien riffs.
The Genoa Aquarium was designed by the local architect Renzo Piano who is wide world famous for its work.
With this aquarium being the biggest in Europe, It is located right in the middle of Genoa houses. It opened on October 15, 1993, and it is so popular that 1,200,000 people go there each year. This aquarium is 10,000 square meters! Aside from how big it is, it has 71 tanks. Also, it is surrounded by the coastal waters. Genoa Aquarium was designed by two architects, Renzo Piano and Peter Chermayeff. Some people say that the aquarium (from the outside) looks like a bunch of freight containers lined up on top of a ship.
In 1998, they added a 100 meter ship to the end of the aquarium. A walkway connected the Aquarium of Genoa to the ship. On the bottom of the ship the walls are actually virtual tanks. When visitors walk through the ship they can hear waves, currents, and echoes from the sea.
Several tanks in the aquarium try to restore natural habitats of some environments of our world.
I am really impressed by this acquarium. From the 3D show to its exhibits, it is the best acquarium I had been. It had a wide variety of sea creatures and unique faunas. Promoting conservation is its obvious image as it has generous displays of informative charts and interactive screens. It is built a ship anchored in the port. This had made viewing the marine life more interesting.
The Acquario di Genova is open 365 days per year. Visiting in February we were fortunate to find it fairly empty, but the large 3D theatre (which was only about 10% full when we visited) hinted at how crowded the aquarium could get during peak season. On busy days, when you buy your ticket you will be issued a thirty-minute window of entry: don’t complain about the system as it is the best way to ensure everyone has the opportunity to see everything! For me, the most amazing thing at the aquarium was the manta ray touching pool where you could reach into the water and touch the gentle rays (avoid eyes and gills!). Other highlights include dolphins, sharks, seals, penguins and a walk-through hummingbird forest. Really, the only low point was the short 3D movie (no plot, little information and mediocre effects- not even worth watching if you’ve seen a 3D movie before). There is a café mid-way through the aquarium with an outdoor terrace that would be fantastic in good weather; when you are finished viewing the aquarium the exit doors open into a covered shopping arcade filled with touristy items, where you can also find a self-service café serving coffee, soft drinks, pizza and other snacks.
For anyone who loves visiting zoos and aquariums, this is a must-see. People who have already been to a world-class aquarium (Vancouver, Barcelona or Monte Carlo) won’t find anything new here, but is an enjoyable afternoon activity and a great way to escape the rain!
Be kind to the animals and avoid flash photography in the aquarium. Although it is only a split-second to you, the animals face a constant barrage of bright, flashing lights thanks to photographers who think they are above Aquarium Law.
L'Acquario di Genova, Europe's largest aquarium, with its 71 tanks is home to a series of marine, lake and dry land enviroments. The aquarium boasts over 600 different species, with some 6000 specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds.
Presumably, it is the most famous tourist attraction in Genova. I like this charming sunfish! You can also see dolphins, fur seals, sharks, penguins and so on. 13 euro for the entrance will not make you feel expensive. Please check the detail by the hope page if you want. Ciao!
My passion for the sea and all creatures that live in it inspired me to visit Acquario di Genova.
Excellent concept, so many interesting sights and information.
You can even listen to the whales singing. Different species of whales have different songs, some very complicated and precise.
There is even a petting-pool! Fish are so used to visitors touching them, they come closer to the pool edge to be touched. If they wouldn't enjoy it, they would stay away from peolpe, I guess?
More pictures in the Travelogue!
The aquarium in Genoa is worth a visit! Especially on a hot summer day the cooling atmosphere is a treat. What I liked most were the rays which were very social :) They obviously liked to be touched and swam next to people when they saw someone put their hand in the water.
Although it may seem a little pricey, this is a great place to visit if you like aquariums - especially with children. It costs around US$15 (12 euros) for adults. See website for discounts. It is in Italian, but if you click on "Aquista On Line", it will take you to a page that shows ticket prices. There is so much to see that you can spend several hours looking around. There are some wonderful exhibits. Just a warning: There will, more than likely, be a long line for tickets, especially during high season. So, plan ahead of time. They sell them for certain times (I believe in half hour blocks??), so you can buy your ticket for a specific time and then come back a little later. Also, when you enter the door, you can get your picture taken with a penguin (a trick to entice you to spend more money)! When you get to the end of your aquatic journey, you can purchase the overpriced picture for about as much as one admission. However, if you just get one 5x7 of your whole family, it could be a fun little souvenir. My mom loved the one I gave her of me! There are also places to get food inside (although, it is pretty expensive). You can also get guided audio tours to carry with you in either Italian or English (also expensive and unnecessary).
A great vessel moored in the hearth of the city and stretching seawards, Genoa Aquarium was built for EXPO '92 as a celebration of the fifth centenary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World.
Architect Renzo Piano was commisioned to designed the building and it was he who styled in the likeness of a big ship ever ready to set sail. The actual aquarium itself, meanwhile, is the work of American architect, Peter Chermayeff.
The aquarium opened its doors to the public in October 1993, and each year welcomes approximately 1,400,000 visitors. It is one of Europe's largest aquariums and amongst Italy's most popular cultural attractions.
In summer 1998 the Aquarium underwent a major facelift and welcomed the arrival of a new attraction, the 'Grande Nave Blu', an authentic vessel providing 2,500 square metres of exhibition space, including 19 new tanks. Today, a visit to the aquarium is a true discovery: the adventure of life and its biodiversity.
Thanks to spectacular recreations of the planet's most diverse habitats, the various tanks in the Aquarium allow us to plunge deep into the mystery of the very beginning of life in the oceans, discovering our planet's flourishing natural wealth. This help visitors to discover and develop a love for the sea and to illustrate how Man's destiny is bound to that of the oceans.
Each one of us is asked to play an important role in safeguarding and managing marine resources, which are vital not just for our wellbeing, but for our survival
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