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Aquarium of Genoa

Discover the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep at one of Europe’s largest aquariums, where sharks, manatees, penguins and a myriad of tropical fish await.

Take the whole family to the Aquarium of Genoa and deepen your understanding of the fish and mammals that inhabit our oceans, from the largest predators to the tiniest seahorses. Learn why many are becoming endangered and what we can do protect these beautiful species for the future.

The Aquarium of Genoa measures a whopping 7 acres (28,328 square feet) and is home to some 15,000 creatures from 600 species. Understand how entire ecosystems work and meet fantastical creatures as you explore the state-of-the-art exhibits and vast tanks.

Allow at least 3 hours to see all 70 showcase tanks, which are home to fish, marine mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Get up close to the great predators of the ocean at the shark exhibit and spot animals such as the unusual-looking sawfish. Meet the dolphins and watch as they get fed twice a day. Or seek out the mythical manatees, one of the world’s most endangered and unusual mammals. It is said they may even be the origin of the legend of mermaids. 

Peer into murky caves where you might spot moray eels, octopuses and tiny, delicate seahorses. Watch iridescent jellyfish swish through the darkened tanks and see how many different species of brightly colored tropical fish you can count.

For something a bit different, wander through the Biodiversity Pavillion, where endangered tropical animals, birds and plants can be found. Or venture to the Deep Sea Room for an educational experience using virtual reality. The daring can also whizz 131 feet (40 meters) into the skies on the Bigo Panoramic Lift and get a 360-degree view of Genoa and the ocean. 

The Aquarium of Genoa stays open until the early evening every day. It is conveniently located in the old town of Genoa, making access easy. Several bus lines stop in front of the aquarium. Alternatively, there is a car park 150 feet (45 meters) before the Piazza Caricamento underpass for those coming by car.

Get the most out of your time at Aquarium of Genoa. Here is a list of some of the most popular activities:

Would you like to make your visit that much more special? An ACQUARIUM AND CITY OF KIDS and an ACQUARIOREALE AND SPINOLA GALLERY are both worth looking into.

If you're after even more activities, check out our Genoa things to do page.


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Bristol Palace Hotel

Bristol Palace Hotel

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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps away from Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy (Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti) and Piazza de Ferrari. Medieval Gates (Porta Soprana) and Palazzo Ducale are also within 10 minutes. Genoa Genova Brignole Station is 11 minutes by foot and Genoa Piazza Principe Station is 22 minutes.

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    NH Collection Genova Marina

    NH Collection Genova Marina

    Molo Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa, GE
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is steps away from Aquarium of Genoa, The Bigo Lift (Il Bigo) and Palazzo di San Giorgio. Old Port and National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace (Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola) are also within 5 minutes. Genoa Piazza Principe Station is 19 minutes by foot and Genoa Genova Brignole Station is 24 minutes.

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      Piazza Acquaverde, 1, Genoa, Genoa
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Grand Hotel Savoia

        Grand Hotel Savoia

        Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa, GE
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Hotel Continental Genova

          Hotel Continental Genova

          Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa, GE
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Best Western Hotel Metropoli

            Best Western Hotel Metropoli

            P.zza Fontane Marose, Genoa, GE
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps away from Via Garibaldi and Palazzo Rosso. Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art (Museo d'Arte Orientale) and White Palace (Palazzo Bianco) are also within 5 minutes. Genoa Genova Brignole Station is 14 minutes by foot and Genoa Piazza Principe Station is 17 minutes.

              Hotel Britannia CA $81
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              Hotel Britannia

              Via Balbi 38, Genoa, GE
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Best Western Plus City Hotel CA $125
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                Via San Sebastiano 6, Genoa, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Carlo Felice and Piazza de Ferrari. Palazzo Ducale and Old Port are also within 10 minutes. Genoa Genova Brignole Station is 14 minutes by foot and Genoa Piazza Principe Station is 18 minutes.