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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Bottlenose dolphin research projects

The bottlenose dolphin

Know his habits to learn to respect him

The species

The bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus ) is a dolphin widespread in all the seas of the world, except for the polar and sub-polar areas. It is one of the most abundant cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea and is found particularly along the coastal strip, within 200 meters of depth, where it forms resident geographical units.
As a consequence of its coastal habits, the bottlenose dolphin shares its privileged habitat with humans and the two species easily come into contact.
This dolphin is able to develop local traditions to make the most of the resources offered by the territory of residence, and often interacts with human fishing activities to feed itself (see Delfini Metropolitani and TursioNet projects).
The Mediterranean population is classified as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List. The main threats to this species come directly or indirectly from human activity and are represented by the overexploitation of fish resources, pollution of the trophic chain, deterioration and fragmentation of the habitat.

For over 20 years , the Genoa Aquarium and the Genoa Aquarium foundation have been studying the ecology and conservation status of the bottlenose dolphin in the waters of the Pelagos Sanctuary and the Mediterranean Sea.
The species

The Metropolitan Dolphins project


Il progetto Delfini Metropolitani (2001 - in corso)
Delfini Metropolitan i ( ) is a long-term project of the Genoa Aquarium and the Genoa Aquarium Foundation to study the presence and habits of the bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus ) along the coasts of Liguria and its interactions with the man.

The sampling activities are conducted on board inflatable boats and the study area consists of the shelf waters between Genoa and La Spezia.
The research also involves the collection of photographic images for the recognition of individual sighted individuals, through the natural markings (nicks and scratches) present especially on the dorsal fin (photo-identification).

The data collected are shared on the Intercet platform and contribute to knowledge on the ecology and conservation status of this species in the entire Mediterranean basin (see TursioMed project).

The Metropolitan Dolphins project (2001 - ongoing)

The TursioMed project

DURATION: 2017 - 2019
Il progetto TursioMed (2017 - 2019)
TursioMed is an international project to study the ecology and conservation status of the bottlenose dolphin in the Mediterranean Sea, through a network made up of 28 research institutions active in 8 countries of the basin: Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Tunisia.

The data collected by each institution, including photographic data for the photo-identification of individuals, were shared on the Intercet platform ( ) to be analyzed in aggregate form. The analysis process allowed us to identify the main geographical units that make up the Mediterranean population, trace the boundaries of their home range and estimate their abundance.

TursioMed is financed by the Blue Planet Foundation – Virginia Böger Stiftung XX and coordinated by the Fondazione Acquario di Genova Onlus in collaboration with WWF Switzerland, with the patronage of ACCOBAMS ( Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area ).
The TursioMed project

The TursioNet project

DURATION: 2022 - 2024
Bottlenose dolphins are dolphins with plastic behavior and easily learn to exploit human fishing gear to obtain food, a behavior defined as "opportunistic" by researchers. When they catch fish entangled in the nets, they sometimes tear the mesh, causing considerable damage to the fishermen.

TursioNet is a project to study the interactions between bottlenose dolphins and artisanal fishing in the waters of Liguria and Corsica (Bocche di Bonifacio). The goal is to develop an automatic monitoring system , using acoustic devices placed on nets, to map the opportunistic behavior of bottlenose dolphins. The knowledge acquired will allow the development of strategies to mitigate conflict between dolphins and fishermen.

The TursioNet project is financed by the Albert II Foundation of Monaco, in collaboration with the Pelagos Sanctuary, and coordinated by the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta in partnership with the University of Genoa, the University of Pavia, the Nauta company, the Genoa Aquarium Foundation and the Office de l'Environnement de la Corse.
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