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Aquarium of Genoa: photo description (Acquario di Genova)

The aquarium of Genoa is the largest aquarium in Italy and second largest in Europe. Located in the old harbour of Genoa on Cape Ponte Spinola, it occupies an area of 3100 sq. m. and is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is annually visited by more than 1.2 million people!

The construction of the aquarium was timed to coincide with the International Exhibition of Genoa Expo'92", which in turn was organized in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America the most famous native of the city of Columbus. At that time it was the second largest aquarium in the world.

The building of the aquarium was designed by the architect Renzo piano. Some say that it looks like a ship ready to put to sea. The interior was done by Peter Sergievom, who was also responsible for making the initial exposures. In 1998, to increase the exhibition space to the aquarium was attached to a 100-meter ship, connected with the main building by a covered walkway.

The initial concept of the aquarium was to show the audience the underwater world of the Ligurian sea, the North Atlantic and the reefs of the Caribbean from two points of view: what it was five centuries ago, during the voyage of Columbus, and what he has become in our time.

Today the aquarium consists of 70 tanks with a total volume of 6 million liters, which is home to an astonishing variety of fish, reptiles and invertebrates. The most popular inhabitants of the aquarium, of course, are dolphins, sharks, seals and turtles. Here research is undertaken, a project "AquaRing EU project" interactive teaching and online courses.