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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Tickets

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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FAQ

  • 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:
    info@visitgenoa.it)
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Tropical Seas

Tropical seas

The coral reefs
A delicate ecosystem
Coral reefs are one of the richest ecosystems in life on the planet, comparable in terms of variety of species only to tropical rainforests.

Thousands of fish and invertebrates, equal to approximately 25% of all marine species, find shelter, nourishment and suitable places to lay their eggs among corals.
These very delicate ecosystems are constantly in danger and risk disappearing especially due to pollution and climate change.

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Some protagonists
Clownfish
Amphiprion ocellaris
Family: Pomacentridae
This small fish with a bright orange and white striped livery became famous thanks to a well-known animated film.
It inhabits the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean where it lives in symbiosis with sea anemones, among whose tentacles it finds refuge and protection. In return, the clownfish keeps the anemone clean of food scraps and debris and wards off small predators that feed on its tentacles.

Females in command

It lives in small groups, made up of a single female, which is the dominant specimen, and several males. All clownfish are born male and change sex if circumstances require it.
A single male in the group is sexually mature and represents the second individual in the hierarchical ladder. When the female dies, this male takes her place by changing sex and all the other members of the group move up one place in the hierarchy.
Zebra shark
Stegostoma fasciatum
Family: Stegostomatidae
  • high risk
    of extinction
It is widespread in the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.
It can reach 3.5 meters in length and the caudal fin is almost as long as the entire body.
It has sedentary habits and lives on sandy seabeds and in coral lagoons where it feeds mainly on molluscs, crustaceans and small fish, which it sucks powerfully from the sand.

A polka dot zebra

The common name of this shark derives from the particular light and dark banded livery that the young have in the first months of life.
When the shark reaches adulthood the bands are replaced by small black spots.
Sawfish
Pristis zijsron
Family: Pristidae
  • high risk
    of extinction
It belongs to a group of cartilaginous fish similar to rays and is present in the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.
It lives in surface waters, in brackish and freshwater environments of lagoons and estuaries.
The cartilaginous beak (the saw!) is equal to approximately 1/3 of the entire animal, which can exceed 6 meters in length and is used to rummage in the sand or to stun prey, which can thus be swallowed more easily.
The sawfish is ovoviviparous, the female keeps the fertilized eggs inside her body and releases the fully formed young at the end of their development. At birth, the rostrum teeth are not yet fully developed and are covered by a sheath of tissue that protects the mother from possible abrasions.

SOS sawfish

This species is seriously threatened by bycatch, because it is often caught by mistake when fishing for other species. In some eastern countries the well-known soup is prepared and the rostrum is dried and sold as a souvenir.
Emperor angelfish
Pomacanthus imperator
Family: Pomacanthidae
It lives on the coral seabed of the Indo-Pacific area, up to a depth of 70 metres.
Like all Pomacanthids, this majestic fish has a body flattened laterally and a clear spine at the base of the opercula. The blue muzzle, surrounded by a blue band, the black "mask" over the eyes and the yellow bands on a blue background on the body make it unmistakable.
It feeds on algae and sponges which it breaks up with its tiny bristle-like teeth.

Appearances are deceiving

Young individuals have a completely different livery from adults: the body is dark blue, with white lines that become concentric rings near the tail. When they reach about 10 centimeters in length they begin to change color. It will take about 2 years for the "change of clothes" to be complete.
The two very different liveries in the past led people to believe that the juveniles and the adults were actually 2 different species.
Tropical Seas
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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.
SOME PROTAGONISTS :
  • Fish
    clown
  • Shark
    Zebra
  • Fish
    saw
  • Angel fish
    emperor
Temperate Seas
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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.
SOME PROTAGONISTS :
  • Murena
  • Redfish
    red
  • Donzella
  • Little horse
    snub-nosed
  • Shark
    grey
  • Bottlenose
    dolphin
  • Jellyfish
    four-leaf clover
Cold seas
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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.
SOME PROTAGONISTS :
  • Seal
    common
  • Penguin
    Papua
  • Penguin
    of Magellan
Tropical forests
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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.
SOME PROTAGONISTS :
  • Iguana
    from the tubercles
  • Buoy
  • Cape
    golden
Tropical fresh waters
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Tropical fresh waters
Waterways in tropical regions flow through a variety of habitats, ranging from rainforests to swamps, floodplains to coastal areas.
SOME PROTAGONISTS :
  • Manatee
    of the Antilles
  • Dwarf caiman
    by Cuvier
  • Piranha
    red
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