Aquariums of Italy
Italy is surrounded by seas from almost all sides, so it is logical that in the country there are a large number of different aquariums and aquariums, where visitors of all ages have the opportunity not only to have fun, but also to learn a lot of new and interesting information about the inhabitants of the deep sea, their life and habits. Italian aquariums can be called real “living museums”, because in them you can observe how various ecosystems work – river, sea, lake and even touch some of the inhabitants. Let’s talk about some of the most popular and largest aquariums in Italy.
Aquarium of genoa
The largest aquarium in Italy, the ninth in the world and the second largest in Europe (after the Spanish Valencia), is the aquarium of Genoa. The building of the aquarium is located in the old port of the city and is made in the form of a ship. The excursion route is designed for 2 hours 30 minutes, during which visitors have the opportunity to see a huge number of fish, reptiles, amphibians and various river and sea inhabitants, as well as animals that live near water bodies. Unusually, visitors to some aquariums are allowed to give up and touch the inhabitants living there. The greatest interest among visitors of all ages is the large pools where sharks, dolphins, seals, penguins, turtles and manatees live. There are several more excursion routes in the aquarium designed in such a way as to familiarize visitors with various aquatic ecosystems: Tropical Seas, Brackish Ponds, Cold Seas, Mediterranean Sea and Fresh Tropical Ponds. Once a month, a night with sharks is held in Genoa’s aquarium. This night, children from 7 to 13 years old spend among the inhabitants of the deep sea, watch their behavior in the dark and sleep in front of the shark pools.
Address: Ponte Spinola, Area Ponte Antico, 16128 Genova
Entrance ticket price: adult – 19 euros, children (4-12 years old) – 13 euros, children under 4 years old – free of charge
Opening hours: weekdays – from 9.30 to 19.30, weekends – from 9.30 to 20.30
Official website: www.acquariodigenova.it
Not far from Rimini, in the city of Cattolica, is an aquarium built in 2000, which is the second largest in Italy and the largest on the Adriatic coast. On the territory of the aquarium there are 400 species of inhabitants of the underwater world, represented by 3,000 specimens. The last to settle in the aquarium were Asian otters, a hammer fish, Chile and Peru penguins, a dwarf caiman Cuvier. Among the most popular residents of the institution, penguins, a nanny shark, turtles, piranhas, jellyfish, chameleons are of special interest. In addition, the Cattolica Aquarium offers its visitors to choose one of the proposed routes: yellow, blue, purple, green. So, following the blue route, you can observe the inhabitants of a hundred pools and aquariums, learn about the evolution of life on our planet. The green route will help you get to know the amphibians, chameleons, iguanas, insects, snakes and spiders. The yellow route will acquaint those who wish with the life of otters and caimans. Once on the purple route, visitors will get acquainted with different types of fish, marine mammals, turtles, there is also the opportunity to listen to the underwater sounds of their habitat. Since 2003, on Sundays in the summertime, the program “I am also a Shark” has been launched in the Cattoliki Aquarium and every visitor who has reached the age of twelve can plunge into the pool with a shark.
Address: 1 / A Piazzale delle Nazioni 47841 Cattolica (RN)
Entrance ticket price: adult – 19 euros, children (growth above 100 cm to 11 years) and senior citizens – 14 euros, children (growth below 100 cm) – free
Hours: daily – from 9.30 to 16.30, in July and August – from 10.00 to 21.30,
Official website: www.acquariodicattolica.it
The third largest in Italy is the Livorno Aquarium, named after the naturalist Diacinto Cestoni. The aquarium building is located at the end of the city promenade. The aquarium has 65 pools, which are home to more than 300 species of marine fauna. The inhabitants of the Livorno Aquarium are divided into three thematic zones – the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean, Tropical Waters, the Indian and Pacific Ocean, the Ligurian Coast and Underwater Greco-Roman Archeology. By visiting these areas, visitors will learn a lot about the inhabitants of the deep sea, their habits and behavior. There are also very rare specimens. So, in the “Indian and Pacific Ocean” zone, you can observe the Green Turtle, and in the “Caribbean Sea” zone you can see green moray eels and surgeon fish. On the ground floor of the Livorno aquarium, the exhibition “Space: Sky and Stars from Antiquity to Galilee”, where you can learn about the ancient performance in the field of astrology and astronomy, is taking place. A visit to the exhibition is included in the price of admission to the aquarium.
Address: Piazzale Race 1 Livorno, 57125
Entrance ticket price: adult – 12 euros, children (above 1 meter to 12 years old) – 6 euros, children (below 1 meter in height) – free, pensioners – 10 euros
Opening hours: daily from 10.00 to 18.00, from November