Opening time

The Aquarium is open 365 days/year.

Parking lots

The Aquarium car park is open every day, 24 hours a day.
Places available: 167, of which 4 for disabled people.
It is not possible to reserve a parking space, but within the Porto Antico Area there are other covered and uncovered car parks.
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Adult (+13) starting from €25,00
Boys (4-12) starting from €15
Children (0-3) free
Military / Over 65 / Disabled* starting from €19
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  • The entrance ticket to the Genoa Aquarium, like the tickets for all the other structures included in the AcquarioVillage (The City of Children and Teens, Bigo and Biosphere), combined included, ARE NOT NOMINAL.
    For tickets purchased online, the name that appears on them is that of the person who made the purchase, or the gift recipient.
    In case of impossibility to carry out the visit, the tickets can therefore be transferred to third parties.
  • The FIXED DATE ticket requires, at the time of purchase, the reservation of the date/time slot chosen to carry out the visit. Date and time slot are binding and must be respected.
    The FLEXI ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase, does not require immediate booking and gives the possibility of making a date/time slot change, avoiding the loss of the ticket in the event of inconveniences.
  • If you have purchased a FIXED DATE ticket, we are sorry but, as per the conditions of sale, this is not possible.
    If you have purchased an OPEN FLEXI ticket, you can change the date/time slot of the visit once, within 2 hours of the chosen entry time, at the following link: ?
  • Disabled people with documentation certifying their disability are entitled to a discounted fare ("reduced" ticket).
    The companion of the 100% disabled person is entitled to free entry; in case of online purchase, the companion must go to the cash desk to collect the free ticket, upon presentation of the above-mentioned certification.
    In the case of disabled people aged between 4 and 12, we recommend purchasing the "child" ticket, which is cheaper than the "reduced" ticket.
  • Sorry, no animals are allowed inside the Genoa Aquarium with the exception of guide dogs for blind people.
    For information about the dog sitting service in the area, we suggest you contact the IAT (Tourist Reception Information) Porto Antico. (tel.: 010.5572903 - email:
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Cold Seas

Cold seas

When the game is hard…
When the game is hard…
The two polar regions, the Arctic and the Antarctic, located at opposite ends of the Earth, are the coldest and most inhospitable places on the Planet. The Arctic Ocean surrounds the North Pole, while a vast expanse of land, the Antarctic continent perpetually covered by ice, surrounds the South Pole. These two regions are characterized by long, cold and dark winters and short summers, during which the sun never sets.
Some protagonists
Common seal
Phoca vitulina
Family: Phocidae
It lives on the northern coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
It can reach a depth of 200 meters and stay underwater for over 20 minutes.
It is a medium-sized pinniped; adult males generally do not exceed 2 meters in length and females are smaller. The fur is dark brown, spotted, but there is a great chromatic variability in different individuals.
Generally, these seals are solitary in the water or form small groups, while on land they can form colonies of several hundred individuals. Mating generally occurs in water and females give birth to one young with each pregnancy.

Falling into the net, the biggest risk

It is a species at minimal risk of extinction. However, in some coastal areas, characterized by intense exploitation of fish resources, accidental catches in fishing nets represent a serious threat to local harbor seal populations.
Gentoo penguin
Pygoscelis papua
Family: Spheniscidae
  • medium risk
    of extinction
The Gentoo penguin lives in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic areas. The beak and legs are red-orange, while the body has the typical black color on the back and white on the belly.
The head is black with a white band joining the eyes.
On average it does not exceed 75/80 centimeters in height and weighs between 5 and 8 kilograms.

In southern waters it feeds mainly on crustaceans (krill), further north it mainly preys on fish and squid, diving up to 200 meters deep.
It builds rudimentary nests near the coast, mainly using pebbles, grass and shrubs.

At the moment, this species is not considered in danger of extinction but is threatened by habitat destruction, the melting of Antarctic ice, climate change, pollution and the increase in predators introduced by man on some islands.

Everyone in kindergarten!

This species typically lays two eggs, which both parents incubate for approximately 30 days, in shifts of 1-7 days.
The chicks gather in "nurseries" about a month after birth, abandoning them after about 2 and a half months. The young Gentoo penguins, the only case among all penguin species, continue to be fed at sea by the adults for a period varying from 5 to 50 days.
Magellanic penguin
Spheniscus magellanicus
Family: Spheniscidae
  • medium risk
    of extinction
It lives along the eastern and western coasts of South America, from Chile and Argentina to Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands.
The beak, feet and back are black. The head, also black, has a white band that runs from the eyes towards the back, and then rejoins under the throat. The white belly is dotted with small black spots and is crossed by a thick black band along the entire external margin.
It can reach a height of approximately 70 centimeters and a weight of 5 kilograms.
It feeds mainly on small fish and squid which it catches by diving up to 30 meters deep. It can perform apneas of 7 minutes.

The effects of climate change could cause alterations in large ocean currents such as to induce these penguins to move to areas not suitable for their survival, for example to follow their prey.
For several years at the Genoa Aquarium, some pairs of Magellanic penguins have been breeding regularly.

Long live monogamy

The Magellanic penguin forms pairs that can last a lifetime. The female normally lays 2 eggs which are hatched by both parents alternately.
Tropical Seas
Tropical seas
Coral reefs are one of the richest ecosystems in life on the planet, comparable in terms of variety of species only to tropical rainforests.
  • Fish
  • Shark
  • Fish
  • Angel fish
Temperate Seas
Temperate seas
These are the seas found in the bands between the tropics and the polar circles of each hemisphere, characterized by mild summers and winters, moderate temperature variations and an equal distribution of rainfall throughout the year.
  • Murena
  • Redfish
  • Donzella
  • Little horse
  • Shark
  • Bottlenose
  • Jellyfish
    four-leaf clover
Cold seas
Cold seas
The two polar regions, the Arctic and the Antarctic, located at opposite ends of the Earth, are the coldest and most inhospitable places on the Planet. The Arctic Ocean surrounds the North Pole, while a vast expanse of land, the Antarctic continent perpetually covered by ice, surrounds the South Pole.
  • Seal
  • Penguin
  • Penguin
    of Magellan
Tropical forests
Tropical forests
Tropical forests, with their extraordinary richness of plant and animal species, are considered an authentic natural pharmacy: it is estimated that around 25% of modern medicines derive from animals present in these forests, as well as from chemical compounds extracted from the plants that they live.
  • Iguana
    from the tubercles
  • Buoy
  • Cape
Tropical fresh waters
Tropical fresh waters
Waterways in tropical regions flow through a variety of habitats, ranging from rainforests to swamps, floodplains to coastal areas.
  • Manatee
    of the Antilles
  • Dwarf caiman
    by Cuvier
  • Piranha
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