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Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

1. Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 15,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Skip the line, and learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92. Enjoy a venue that is home to the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Venture into the fascinating waters of the world as you explore more than 70 tanks of critters. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish, and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Go to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and laugh along with the bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

Genoa: Aquarium & Christopher Columbus' House Entry Tickets

2. Genoa: Aquarium & Christopher Columbus' House Entry Tickets

Acquario di Genova The Aquarium of Genoa hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibits and about 12,000 specimen of 600 species, from all the seas of the world. From the rarest species such as manatees – marine mammals that may be at the origin of the legend of mermaids – to the most famous ones such as dolphins, penguins and sharks – the great predators of the sea; but also jellyfish, seals and multi-coloured tropical fish species. Not far from Porta Soprana, just outside the ancient medieval walls, is the Casa di Colombo, where the discoverer of the Americas lived in his youth. According to archival documents, Domenico Colombo, father of the great navigator, moved here in 1445, when Christopher Columbus was four years old. The ground floor of the house was used as a workshop, and an attic with wooden beams divides it from the upper park, where the rooms for private use were located.

Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

3. Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

Experience the Aquarium of Genoa, the largest aquarium in Italy, located in the old harbor area of Genoa. Enjoy an exciting, immersive, and engaging visit before climbing the steps of the Lighthouse of Geno, the tallest lighthouse in the Mediterranean.  Take a rich and exciting journey as you discover the seas of the world in an aquarium that hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibitions and 600 species from all the seas of the world. From the rarest species such as manatees — marine mammals that may be at the origin of the legend of mermaids — to the most famous ones such as dolphins, penguins, and sharks.  The Genoa Aquarium is filled with innovative scenography, the latest digital installations, a completely renewed light and sound design, and a rich daily schedule of speeches. See also two areas dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, and to the conservation and recovery projects of animals in difficulty or seized by the authorities and entrusted to the aquarium. Next, walk over the iconic promenade to visit the monumental complex of the Lighthouse of Genoa, a symbol of the city. The world's fifth tallest lighthouse, the Lanterna di Genova has been operating for almost nine centuries and is the official lighthouse of the Port of Genoa. Climb the first 172 steps to admire Genoa from the top of its first panoramic terrace.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

4. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

Immerse yourself in the largest exhibit of aquatic biodiversity in Europe with a visit to the Aquarium of Genoa. Discover the world's fascinating seas and waterways, including all their creatures. Tuck into a snack at the Tender Café inside the aquarium, refueling with a drink and a butter donut. Walk through the aquarium's spectacular settings and learn about the secrets, curiosities, and interesting anecdotes about our world's oceans. End your visit with a hot or cold drink and a light snack at the aquarium's café, which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa.

Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

5. Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

Book your Aquarium Happy open ticket and enter the Aquarium of Genoa without any reservation. Take a break with a glass of wine or sparkling wine at the Tender Bar inside the aquarium with a spectacular view of the Old Port. Visit the Aquarium of Genoa after 4:00 PM, the quietest moment of the day, and enjoy the flexibility of an open ticket. In between your visit, sit down and relax at Tender Bar. To experience your visit in the best way, it’s recommended you schedule your entrance between 4 PM and 5 PM.

Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

6. Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

See tanks with beautiful and strange aquatic life at the Genoa Aquarium. Discover creatures from the Ligurian Sea, the North Atlantic and Caribbean reefs. Watch dolphins, penguins, and sea cows play in their habitats. Visit the playful past of fantasy cinema at FantaCinema. View original pieces, memorabilia, statues, articles, and posters. Learn how the cinema of fantasy was born and how it developed. Listen to soundtracks of cult films as you tour the exhibits. Look at cult objects such as the famous "the machine of tempo” original used by Zemeckis in the movie Back to the Future, or the original costumes from Alien and Star Wars. Walk though the Harry Potter and Game of Kings sections.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa and City Guided Walking Tour

7. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa and City Guided Walking Tour

Walk around the city of Genoa with a local guide on this two-hour city tour. Learn about marine life and biodiversity in the Aquarium of Genoa as well. From Porto Antico, enter the medieval urban fabric of the city, with a particular focus on the Collina di Castello. Reach the Cathedral and the structures built in the Baroque period, touching the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of the Genoese. Then, head over to the modern part of the city, identifiable with Piazza De Ferrari. Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa for an immersive and engaging experience with innovative sets, latest generation digital installations, and a completely renewed light and sound design. Interact with the staff who take care of the animals every day, and discover the secrets and curiosities of the ocean.

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What people are saying about Aquarium of Genoa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,435 reviews

It was impressive to see these dolphins sometimes very close. I personally prefer to pay to see animals in their natural space. It was successful and we felt a real interest in these endearing animals. An unforgettable moment.

There is only a small tour, but so much to see in terms of plants and animals. We actually planned to go in again the next day because we liked it so much, but unfortunately we didn't have time anymore

Fantacinema is a small museum, but it has lots of cool figurines. A good way to spend 30-60 minutes in Genoa. The aquarium was very cool. We got to see penguins, dolphins, seals, manatees, and more.

Very interesting aquarium, too bad all those prams and small children who were crying. I believe that the visit to the Aquarium is only pleasant for children aged 6/7 years.

Journey to Genoa, stop at the Lantern, then the Aquarium; second day Fantacinema, Boccadasse and Doria Natural History Museum.