There's so much to see and experience during your time in Genoa that visiting an aquarium may slip off your list, but it is one of the city's absolute highlights.
When you're going to a destination from a cruise ship or tour group, time is precious. You have a limited number of hours to soak up your new surroundings and get some lifelong memories to take back with you. The Aquarium of Genoa is well worth making the time for, whether you're travelling alone, as a family or with your partner, and here's why.
It's The Biggest In Europe
The Aquarium of Genoa is the biggest collection of biodiversity and ecosystems in the whole of Europe. The world-famous spot is home to 12,000 specimens belonging to 600 animal species and 200 vegetal species, and usually takes around three hours to see everything. This means that although tickets are a little on the pricey side (€24), you get incredible value for money when compared to other attractions.
It's Simple To Get To
On a MSC cruise you don't need to worry about missing out on the aquarium. We offer an excursion directly to the Aquarium of Genoa, allowing you to make the most of your time in the city and see everything this 110,000 sq/m park has to offer. In addition, it has wheelchair access and concessions are available so everyone can enjoy the experience as much as possible.
It's Clean And Responsible
If you're planning a trip to anywhere with animals for you and your kids, it's important that you know the facilities are clean and that the creatures are well looked after. At Genoa's world-class aquarium, the wellbeing of the animals is a priority, from the tiny fish to the gigantic sharks. Tanks and the surrounding areas are kept clean and tidy at all times - even during feeding sessions - and great care is taken to ensure all visitors respect every creature.
The Aquarium of Genoa is a fantastic place to take children of all ages. There are concessions available for those between four and 12 years old, while under threes get in for free. As well as being affordable for families, there are lots of activities that will engage even the youngest of visitors. The panoramic lift, full-scale Genoese galley, and behind the scenes tours allow children to involve themselves with the exhibits and enjoy the experience as much as possible.
You don't need to worry about long waiting times either, as entry to the aquarium is organised by time slots so nobody is left queuing for hours and that areas don't become overcrowded, allowing everyone to get the best experience possible.
Everyone Will Learn Something New
From seeing dolphins being fed to discovering more about the underwater creatures you're seeing, the Aquarium of Genoa will show every visitor something they haven't experienced or didn't know before. A biologist is always on hand so guests can ask questions and get detailed answers at any point, especially about the work undertaken by the aquarium as a centre for preservation and conservation.