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Aquarium of Genoa

Aquarium of Genoa: Our most recommended tours and activities

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Timeslot Entry Ticket

1. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Timeslot Entry Ticket

Explore the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 5,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92, and the variety of conservation programs that it is involved in. Discover 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 wonderful aquatic creatures. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish, and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Head to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and be amazed the playful bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

2. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the largest aquatic biodiversity exhibition in Europe. Stroll through the world's most fascinating seas and waters as you discover the ocean and enjoy an unforgettable experience. In spectacular settings, enjoy new thematic itineraries to get to know all the secrets, curiosities, and details of a place that never ceases to surprise and excite. Enrich your visit with lunch at the Tender Cafè, which is a fast food bar inside the Aquarium of Genoa which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa. It will be there that you can taste and discover Ligurian and Genoese specialties. Lunch is Genoese focaccia with burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes, chips, or a salad. Lunch also includes 1 drink of your choice.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa & City of Children and Youth Ticket

3. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa & City of Children and Youth Ticket

Enjoy two of Genoa's top attractions with this combined entry ticket for the Aquarium of Genoa and the City of Children and Youth. Find the perfect entertainment for your whole family in Italy's largest aquarium, and explore a play area with over 3,000 square meters devoted to children's activities. At the City of Children and Youth, enter an exhibition that uses the "Five Senses" as a tool to transmit knowledge and have fun, guiding children and teenagers on a journey to discover themselves and the world through multisensory adventures. Enjoy a colorful environment with 5 rooms dedicated to the 5 senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Spend time in spaces dedicated to interactive experiences, with no set route — move from room to room as you please to explore your senses. Next, immerse yourself in the largest exhibition of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Discover 600 animal species, from the rarest manatees to popular marine mammals like dolphins. Experience new thematic itineraries to learn about all the secrets of the underwater world. Witness a shark tank with holographic effects. See white lacquered walls designed to look like ice as you learn about the harsh conditions of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic areas. Observe gentoo penguins and magellanic penguins in the Ice Kingdom that mimics the climate of the Falkland Islands. Visit 2 renovated areas in the Aquarium of Genoa dedicated to the conservation and recovery of animals in difficulty or rescued by the authorities from dangerous situations and entrusted to the aquarium.

Genoa: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Ticket

4. Genoa: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Ticket

World Heritage-listed Genoa is the capital of Liguria and birthplace of Christopher Columbus. See many of its monuments and its grand 16th and 17th century palaces on the Strade Nueve, on a hop-on hop-on sightseeing tour. With your 24 or 48-hour ticket you’ll see more than just splendid buildings. Genoa presents a multitude of hidden gems waiting for you to discover. The double-decker bus departs from Piazza Caricamento and provides easy access to both of the city’s train stations, as well as ideal stopping points for shopping. Explore at your own pace as you hop off at attractions such as the Cathedral San Lorenzo, built in a patchwork of styles, from Gothic to Renaissance. Admire the huge Palazzo Ducale before jumping back on the bus to continue your journey to the city’s splendid museums. The town's best art collections can be visited in the 3 palaces of the Musei di Strada, where you’ll find masterpieces by Rubens along with many other local and Italian artists. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the top deck. Take a stroll along the elegant Via Garibaldi, located in the cultural center of Genoa and lined with grand buildings and fine stores. By the rejuvenated Porto Antico you’ll find a number of attractions suitable for the entire family, including the aquarium where you can watch dolphins play. Buses run daily every 30 to 60 minutes until early evening, when you can take some time to discover Genoa’s active nightlife scene. The hub of evening activity lies in the historic part of town along the stretch bordered by Piazza Sarzano and Via San Lorenzo. Back on the bus the next day, within the ticket’s 24 or 48-hour period, you can stop off at the Bigo, a replica of a device that was used years ago to offload cargo from the ships. You’ll enjoy multilingual commentary on the bus, making it an ideal way to take in Genoa’s best attractions in a convenient, comfortable, and fun way. Line A- Red Line Stops 1) Caricamento 2) Via Garibaldi 3) Piazza De Ferrari 4) Brignole Train Station 5) Via XX Settembre 6) Carignano 7) Corvetto 8) Portello 9) Principe Train Station 10) Cruise Terminal Line B - Blue Line Stops 1) Caricamento 2) Via Garibaldi 3) Piazza De Ferrari 4) Levante Water Front 5) Boccadasse 6) Scalinata Borghese 7) Via XX Settembre 8) Corvetto 9) Portello 10) Principe Train Station 11) Cruise Terminal

Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

5. 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: Cetacean Watching Cruise with Marine Biologist Guide

6. Genoa: Cetacean Watching Cruise with Marine Biologist Guide

Join a cetacean-watching boat tour in the Pelagos Sanctuary with a marine biologist guide. See the marine animals in their natural habitat and learn about their species, habits, behavior, and more. Upon arrival, receive an introductory briefing about the Pelagos Sanctuary from your expert marine biologist guide. Learn more about its history, conservation programs, and the species that populate it, including fin whales, sperm whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, and many more. Set sail on the open sea and reach some of the most favorable locations to spot various species of marine mammals in their natural habitat. Wait in anticipation of spotting a distant breach, or a jump that announces the arrival of a pod of dolphins. In full compliance with non-disturbance directives, approach the aquatic mammals by boat and see them frolicking in their natural habitat. Learn more about the curiosities of the species from your expert biologist guide, including their diet and mannerisms. After admiring the jumps or breaches, go in search of other marine species within the sanctuary. Feel free to ask the guides plenty of questions and learn about the important work being undertaken to protect native marine life.

Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

7. 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

8. 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 Ticket and Whale Watching Cruise

9. Aquarium of Genoa Ticket and Whale Watching Cruise

The exhibition gallery at the Aquarium of Genoa 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. For the whale-whatching excursion, sail via the sea mammals’ routes in the Pelagos Sanctuary. The boat excursion departs from Genoa, from the pier next to the Aquarium, and lasts 4 hours as you try to see the sea mammals in their natural habitat. Guiding the public through this unique experience will be a marine biologist who, during the excursion, unveils to the participants all the secrets of how to spot the animals, and illustrating the correct behavioural conduct for the observation of the Cetaceans without disturbing them. This educational and fun experience is at the same time suitable for both adults and children who are curious lovers of adventure and nature. Do not forget to bring your camera and sunglasses. The experience is available from March to November.

Genoa: Aquarium & Christopher Columbus' House Entry Tickets

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

Benefit from a combo ticket in Genoa to enter the Aquarium of Genoa and Christopher Colombus' House. Explore the aquarium to find rare marine species like manatees, dolphins, and sharks before visiting the childhood home of the famous Italian explorer. Choose to start your day at the Aquarium of Genoa or at Christopher Colombus' House and spend as much time as you like within the sites. Discover an extensive range of aquatic biodiversity within the aquarium and walk through 70 exhibits displaying sea creatures from all over the world. Watch beautiful manatees swimming behind the glass and get up close to penguins. Pass just outside the ancient medieval walls to find Christopher Colombus' House. Learn about the life and childhood of the infamous navigator who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the groundfloor workshop and venture into the attic.

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What people are saying about Aquarium of Genoa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,855 reviews

The staff at the aquarium were amazing and helped me get around due to my disability. The aquarium itself is gorgeous and the animals were gorgeous. I prefer animals to people so this was perfect for me. I highly advise others to come to this fine aquarium of Genoa.

Very easy way to get a ticket for the aquarium (their official website didn’t work). Plus, the price is varied on the official site but it’s fixed on get your guide, which made the price a little cheaper here.

einfach und unkompliziert

Find out where the stations are located, before you start. Overall a great tour saw a lot of Genoa in an hour. Was a gloomy day so did the tour twice once at the top of the bus and once in the bottom.

Both activities were great. The lighthouse and Aquarium are about 45min walk distance but there is a bus that leaves from in front of the aquarium and is a 15 min walk to the lighthouse.

It was a very pleasant experience, both at the aquarium and lighthouse. Highly recommended!