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Comprehensive Guide to Visiting the Genoa Aquarium | Timings, Location, Tips & More

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Experience fascinating underwater ecosystems at the Genova Aquarium, which is home to over 70 tanks, 12,000 animals, and a variety of educational and interactive exhibits. Plan your visit to the Genoa Aquarium, a must-see destination for nature lovers of all ages.

Genoa Aquarium | Visitor Information at a Glance

Genoa Aquarium
  • What are the Genoa Aquarium opening hours?
    The Genoa Aquarium is open from 9 AM to 8 PM every day. 
  • Where is the Genoa Aquarium located?
    The Genoa Aquarium is located at Area Porto Antico, Ponte Spinola, 16128, Genova.
  • How many entrances does the Genoa Aquarium have?
    The Genoa Aquarium has only one entrance. 
  • How many visitors does the Genoa Aquarium see per year?
    The Genoa Aquarium welcomes around one million visitors per year.

What are Genoa Aquarium Opening Hours?

Genoa Aquarium Opening Hours

What’s the Best Time to Visit Genoa Aquarium?

The Genoa Aquarium is open all year round, so you can visit the aquarium any time you like. However, if you want to enjoy all the exhibits at a more relaxed pace and avoid long lines, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The peak season to visit Italy is summer, so we recommend you avoid visiting the aquarium during that time. It is best to plan your visit during the low season i.e., between October to March.
  • Avoid visiting the aquarium on weekends since it's very crowded.
  • During the weekdays, it would be best to visit during the morning hours between 9 AM to 10:30 PM or in the afternoon after 3:30 PM.

Where is the Genoa Aquarium Located?

Address: Area Porto Antico, Ponte Spinola, 16128, Genova

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The Genoa Aquarium is located in Porto Antico, in Liguria, Italy. The Porto Antico is the old port, which once functioned as a trading centre. From the aquarium you will also be able to enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city's skyline.

Closest Landmark: Palazzo Spinola National Gallery (500 m away)

How to Get to Genoa Aquarium?

By Public Transport

By Public Transport

By Train: You can reach the Genoa Aquarium from two railway stations-Genoa Piazza Principe and Genoa Brignole. The Genoa Aquarium is a 10-15 minute walk from the Genoa Piazza Principe railway station. You can also take bus number one from the railway station to Piazza Caricamento. From the Genoa Brignole railway station, you will have to take bus number 13 to Piazza Caricamento. 

By Metro: Take the underground that goes in the Brignole direction. The closest stop to the Genoa Aquarium is the San Giorgio station. 

By Bus: Bus numbers 1, 12, and 13 all stop right in front of the aquarium.  

By Car

By Car

Take the Genova-Ovest highway exit and proceed for 2 km towards the center (Via Milano-Via Gramsci). 

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  • Cloakroom: You can deposit clothing items and luggage in the cloakrooms. Child backpack carriers are also available here free of charge. 
  • Guide Book: Guidebooks are available from the reception in English, French, German and Spanish.   
  • Gift Shops: There are two gift shops at the Genoa Aquarium. 
  • Restrooms: All the restrooms at the Genoa Aquarium are equipped with baby-changing facilities.
Accessibility
  • The Genoa Aquarium is a wheelchair-friendly attraction. 
  • Rest areas are available throughout the aquarium.
  • There are special lifts for disabled visitors.  
Dine

The Genoa Aquarium has two restaurants within its premises: 

  • Tender cafè: Indulge in a local delicacy — Focaccia Genovese — at the aquarium's modern coffee bar.
  • Gusto a Bordo: Spend some time at the aquarium's new edutainment Restaurant

But if you are looking forward to a sumptuous meal after you visited the Genoa Aquarium, you can try these nearby restaurants: 

  • Ostaia De Banchi: A Ligurian restaurant serving delicious pesto and seafood dishes. 
  • Street Food Genova: A local restaurant serving delicious sandwiches. 
  • Trattoria Vegia Zena: A traditional stone-vaulted restaurant serving Ligurian seafood and meat dishes.
Rules
  • Photography and videography are not permitted inside the Genoa Aquarium. 
  • You cannot eat or drink anywhere near the exhibition route at the Genoa Aquarium. 
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited at the Genoa Aquarium. 
  • You cannot feed anything to the animals, and you cannot throw anything into the tanks of the animals at the Genoa Aquarium. 
  • Do not knock on or hit on the glass that has been incorporated into the exhibits at the Genoa Aquarium.
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  • Royal Palace Museum: The Royal Palace Museum is a 17th-century palace with gorgeous art and frescoes. 
  • Galata Museo del Mare: At the museum, you can explore beautiful maritime exhibits and even explore a moored submarine. 
  • Palazzo Spinola National Gallery: Spend some time admiring the artworks housed in this stunning Renaissance Palace.
  • Cattedrale di San Lorenzo: Admire the beautiful frescoed interiors of this gorgeous cathedral that dates back to the 1100s. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Genoa Aquarium

Q. Can I visit Genoa Aquarium?

A. Yes, you can visit Genoa Aquarium. You simply need to purchase tickets that allow you entry into the aquarium.

Q. Why should I visit Genoa Aquarium?

A. The Genoa Aquarium houses more than 1200 animal and plant specimens that are worth seeing.

Q. Can I visit Genoa Aquarium for free?

A. Only children between 0 and 3 years can visit the Genoa Aquarium for free. Those between the ages of 4-12 and above the age 65 can enjoy discounted rates for their admission tickets. Other visitors must pay full price to gain entry to the Genoa Aquarium.

Q. How much does it cost to visit Genoa Aquarium?

A. A visit to the Genoa Aquarium will cost around €14- €25. 

Q. How do I book tickets to visit Genoa Aquarium?

A. You can easily book your tickets to the Genoa Aquarium online. 

Q. What are the Genoa Aquarium opening hours?

A. The Genoa Aquarium is open from 9 AM to 8 PM every day. 

Q. What is the best time to visit Genoa Aquarium?

A. The best time to visit the Genoa Aquarium is either early morning at 10:30 am or after 3:30 pm. 

Q. How long does it take to visit Genoa Aquarium?

A. It’ll take you around 2 hours and 30 minutes to explore the Genoa Aquarium.

Q. Where is Genoa Aquarium located?

A. The Genoa Aquarium is located at Area Porto Antico, Ponte Spinola, 16128, Genova.

Q. Can I visit Genoa Aquarium in a group?

A. Yes, you can visit the aquarium in a group.

Q. Can I visit Genoa Aquarium with the kids?

A. Yes, you can visit the Genoa Aquarium with kids. Children between 0-3 years old enjoy free entry to the aquarium.

Q. Is Genoa Aquarium wheelchair friendly?

A. The Genoa Aquarium is easily accessible for wheelchair users. There are special lifts for disabled visitors as well.

Q. Can I buy food and drinks at Genoa Aquarium?

A. There are two restaurants in the Genoa Aquarium-Tender Café and Gusto e Bordo. Vending machines for hot and cold drinks are also available throughout the aquarium.

Q. Is it worth visiting Genoa Aquarium?

A. The Genoa Aquarium is the largest in Europe, and it has the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. With more than 70 exhibits-the aquarium is home to 12000 animal and plant species, the Genoa Aquarium is a must-visit attraction.