This museum, one of the main tourist attractions in Italy, welcomes millions of visitors each year. Built between 1989 and ... More
Acquario di Genova
This museum, one of the main tourist attractions in Italy, welcomes millions of visitors each year. Built between 1989 and 1992, it reproduces a coastal atmosphere in 48 basins, four of which are oceanic and have two viewing levels. Continually changing, it also includes the Nave Italia, which was the seat of the Italian Pavilion during the Expo of 1992, and is now home to around 500 different species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and invertebrates.
We went there during the rainy day, and first we were kind of shock to know how much the price for ticket is, but once we were inside we understood why it was so expensive since the variety of marine life they have is really magnificent, the dolphins, the penguins, seals and many others from all over the world, magnificent !
The only problem is the 3D movie is completely in Italian with no English translation at all, so it's too bad for me as non Italian speaking not to understand the explanation of this wonderful short movie. Also, the public toilet is a bit 'not world class', dirty and smelly with no cleaning person around.
But overall, it's worth to visit and to enjoy !
Genoa's aquarium is unusual in its design (it is built on a ship in the old harbor)but makes for an easy and fun visit. The displays are top notch with explanatory signs in English as well as Italian. There is a big emphasis on conservation. The tanks with seals, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and penguins are probably the most dramatic, but it is all interesting. There is even a South American hummingbird exhibit which has its own admission cost. If you go to Genoa, this would be a highlight of your visit.
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