The Ligurian coast is home to Italy’s largest seaport as well as some of the country’s tiniest fishing villages. Take in both these extremes by spending a day in bustling Genoa, then heading out along the coastline to explore picturesque Portofino and the Cinque Terre. Here's how.
Aquarium of Genoa
Ponte Spinola, Genoa, Italy, 16128
The Aquarium of Genoa was part of a redevelopment project of the city completed in 1992, the 500th anniversary of native son Columbus’ landing in the New World. The visitor-friendly Old Port (Porto Antico) area boasts beautiful views of the city and Ligurian Sea.
Some tours include skip-the-line entry to the very popular aquarium. To see more of Genoa’s landmarks, book a hop-on hop-off bus tour and access additional city sights such as the historical palaces of Via Garibaldi.
Things to Know Before You Go
Allow roughly three hours to visit the entirety of the Aquarium of Genoa, including taking in its panoramic harbor views.
The aquarium is a great place to take the children for a day.
Elevators are available inside the aquarium for those with limited mobility.
How to Get There
The Aquarium of Genoa is located a short walk from the San Giorgio metro stop in the heart of Genoa. Alternatively, guests can take city bus 1, 12, or 13 to the Turati stop.
When to Get There
TheAquarium of Genoa is open 365 days a year from 8:30am to 9pm. Check the schedule online or in person to make sure you catch the animal feedings and staff presentations that interest you. Genoa is a popular destination during the summer, so avoid crowds and visit during the shoulder seasons.
More Than Just an Aquarium
The Aquarium of Genoa complex features a number of exhibits in addition to the aquarium. Visit the Galata Museum to see the largest maritime exhibit on the Mediterranean. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city of Genoa on the Bigo Panoramic Lift, which raises visitors more than 130 feet (40 meters) over the water. Discover a diverse and fragile ecosystem of tropical flora and fauna in the Biosphere, a giant steel-and-glass globe designed by eminent Genoese architect Renzo Piano.
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