Genoa & the Acquarium
Genoa, as many maritime cities, has many souls: maritime, artistic, cultural, musical, theatrical and savory…
The city of Christopher Colombus, of the powerful and rich Maritime Republic, loved by Flemish painters in the Renaissance and home to many singers, songwriters and contemporary poets, is surely worth your visit.
The Palaces of the Rolli, ancient sumptuous palaces of the Oligarchic Republic, listed in special official books “Rotoli” - hence the name - where important personalities on State visits were welcomed and entertained and today Unesco World Heritage; the Acquarium and the Old Harbour, while strolling through the “caruggi” (alleys) and visiting the Museums of Strada Nuova, the Palazzo Ducale, the parks, the old artisans’ shops….and then a stop to enjoy the flavor of the local pesto, a pure delight!
The Acquario di Genova (Genoa Aquarium), designed by architects Renzo Piano and Peter Chermayeff, is one of the biggest aquariums in Europe, covering 10,000 square meters and containing 71 display tanks. These tanks recreate the habitat of the Mediterranean and other oceans, the North and South Poles, and the tropics, and contains over 500 sea and ocean-dwelling species, which live and reproduce here in the Aquarium. Visitors get the chance to see close-up the secret lives of fish, molluscs, sharks, dolphins, jellyfish, and many other creatures such as crocodiles, frogs, snakes, penguins, and seals. The mission of the Acquario di Genova is to educate and inform the public about the responsible management of aquatic environments.