Visiting Italy's Aquariums

Italy offers first-class attractions for sea-lovers who can make spectacular journeys through the shapes and colours of the Mediterranean, tropical and exotic habitats reproduced to the smallest detail in Italian aquariums in order to discover everything there is to know about the underwater world.

Aquarium of Genoa, Liguria

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The Aquarium of Genoa was designed by the Genoese architect Renzo Piano for Expo ’92 and with its ten thousand square metres and 71 tanks is the largest aquarium in Italy attracting around one million and two hundred thousand visitors a year. More than 500 species of fish and the habitats of the Mediterranean, the Oceans, the Poles and the Tropics are reproduced inside, while an exhibition itinerary allows children and adults to observe and study the habits of fish, sharks, molluscs, jellyfish and dolphins, not to mention crocodiles, frogs, snakes, penguins and seals. 

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Civic Marine Aquarium of Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia

The Civic Marine Aquarium of Trieste offers visitors two theme areas: the “Acquario” (Aquarium) where the major marine environments of the northern Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea are on display, and the “Vivarium” where amphibians and reptiles can be observed closely.

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Acquario di Livorno, Toscana

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The Aquarium of Livorno offers a journey through nature, science and art. One thousand seven hundred animals from more than three hundred different species, a tunnel and a touch pool ensure a unique tour of the largest aquarium in the region. Thematic areas dedicated to Mediterranean and tropical habitats, an exhibition area and a rooftop terrace with a magnificent view over the Tuscan coast and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are the main attractions.

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Aquarium of Cattolica, Emilia Romagna

The incredible Aquarium of Cattolica is the largest in the Adriatic and houses over 400 different species of animals in 2,500,000 litres of seawater, which can be observed through four covered walkways allowing you to visit the aquarium even in bad weather. Coming face to face with a shark, being amazed by caimans or having fun with otters constitute incredibly unique and emotional experiences offered to visitors by this aquarium.

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Aquarium of Naples, Campania

The oldest aquarium in Italy: the Zoological Station created by Anton Dohrn in 1872 is located in Campania and more precisely in Naples and its twenty-three basins in volcanic rock are home to over two hundred species of fish from the Gulf of Naples. It is also a care centre for some specimens of Caretta Caretta turtles which here receive the necessary assistance before being reintroduced into their natural habitat.

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