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Acquario di Genova
Area Porto Antico - Ponte Spinola
16128 Genova
www.acquario.ge.it


The Aquarium of Genoa was built in the Ancient Port especially for the event of Expo '92 which marked the five hundred-year anniversary of the discovery of the New World. The exterior of the Aquarium was designed and developed by Genoese architect Renzo Piano, while the interior was the project of American Peter Chermayeff. The Aquarium opened its doors to the public on October 15, 1993. Thanks to its dimensions of 10,000 square metres and 71 tanks, it is the largest aquarium in Europe and one of the most frequently visited cultural sites in Italy. The Aquarium of Genoa's mission is to educate and create public awareness related to marine conservation and sensible management of aquatic environments.
Particular attention is given to educational institutions, with informative and educational activities developed in conjunction with the ministry of education's programs and made possible by the collaboration of the teachers involved. The panoramic lift otherwise known as - Big was originally a crane mounted on cargo ships, but was transformed into the architectural symbol of the Antique Port of Genoa by Renzo Piano, so as to offer a breathtaking view of the city. You will feel a 360 degree chill as you climb onto this lift and admire the beauty of Genoa from a height of 40 metres thanks to the rotating glass cabin that mounted onto the lift.