The answer is: IN GENOA 🙂
It is located in the old harbour area of Genoa. The aquarium has 3,100 m2 and welcomes more than 1,2 million visitors each year! It is the largest aquarium in Italy and the second largest in Europe.
The aquarium was built in 1992 for the International Exhibition. That year the city of Genoa was celebrating 500 years since Christopher Columbus discovered the new world. The building was designed by the world famous Genoan architect Renzo Piano.
Children 0-3: free of charge
Children 4-12: 17€
Family: 80€ (2 adults+3 children)
9.30 am – 8.00 pm
9.00 am – 10.00 pm
More info here.
A tour of aquarium takes about 2,30 hours. It includes 70 tanks where you can see more than 15.000 animals (about 400 different species of fish, whales, seals, birds, reptiles, amphibious). The most spectacular are the shark’s tank and the dolphin’s tank. However, my favourite one is a jellyfish room 🙂 They are very relaxing when they can’t touch you 🙂
- the parking place is located next to the aquarium entrance and costs 2,20€/h
- the aquarium is almost always crowded … to avoid the long queues and the crowds inside you can try to enter it in the early morning or in the evening (a ticket office closes 2 hours before closing time)
- if the aquarium is not enough for you it is also possible to visit Acquario Village that includes Galata Museo del Mare (Sea Museum), Biosfera (Greenhouse) and Bigo (Panoramic Lift).