Acquario di Livorno: where everything is magic!
Acquario di Livorno: where everything is magic!
On the ground floor: 33 tanks, a tunnel where some Eagle rays swim - and a touch pool.
From the 8th April 2017, you could come to Acquario di Livorno and admire the new Eagle rays while swimming in the tunnel over your head.
Moreover, the Horseshoe crab- a prehistoric arthropod - in a tank of the first exposition room called "Diacinto Cestoni" room.
The Nautilus, a real living fossil! The special feature of this animal is the shell that covers it and that contains several communicating rooms inside.
During the visit you could admire the stars of Acquario di Livorno - the two green turtle "Ari" and "Cuba" that swim together with the blacktip sharks, the zebra sharks and two Napoleon fishes. Moreover, the jellyfishes, the corals, the starfishes and much more!
Continue the visit on the first floor, with the new area dedicated to insects, amphibians and reptiles!
With the coloured chameleon, an iguana, the centipede, the mimetic stick insect, the poison arrow frog, the funny horned frog and much more! From spring time, also some specimens of spider tortoises.
Come to visit us at Acquario di Livorno, and you'll live a fascinating journey to discover not only the beauties and curiosities of the sea, but also a fascinating...New World!
Acquario di Livorno is located in a building of a great historical, artistic and architectural value for the city, and enjoys a splendid location on the seafront promenade of Livorno within the famous Mascagni Terrace.
The historical and artistic prestige of the aquarium building is closely linked to important characteristics of the surrounding area, like the Etruscan Coast, with its archaeological attractions, the Tuscan Archipelago and the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, of which this stretch of coast is a part.
Visiting the Aquarium
Before starting the visit, we need to understand exactly what an aquarium is and how we should observe it. An aquarium must not be thought simply as a space delimited by glass walls, but it should be seen as a window on a world that is largely unknown to us.
It is difficult therefore to consider it like a painting or a photograph. Here the observer must in fact face the constant challenge of a panorama that changes over time, bursting with life and with protagonists that - when patiently watched - reveal their secrets and most representative patterns of behaviour.
So don't rush your visit, but instead we suggest you to dedicate enough time to each tank, even the smallest one, which usually reserves the best surprises.
The itinerary combines marine environments and a series of exhibits with a new exhibit at first floor dedicated to the world of insects, amphibians and reptiles.
Acquario di Livorno offers visitors exhibits on two levels:
- ground floor: aquatic itinerary featuring a full immersion into nature with reconstructions of different marine environments.
- first floor: the exhibit "A New World" dedicated to discover the beauties and curiosities of the world of insects, amphibians and reptiles. From first floor it is possible to acced to the Panoramic Terrace to admire the beauties of the sea promenade and the islands of the Tuscan Arcipelago.
The visit to the new exhibit "A New World" at first floor is included in the entrance ticket.
Diacinto Cestoni Room
The visit starts from the Diacinto Cestoni Room, dedicated to “The Pearls of the Mediterranean”: 12 tanks focusing on the beauties offered by the Mediterranean Sea.
A journey to discover the biodiversity of this sea, with its remarkable colours and forms: from the colourful starfishes to the red coral, sfrom shamefaced crabs to octopus.
This room is dedicated to Diacinto Cestoni, who chose Livorno as his home and was one of the first biologists to discover that sponges and corals are living organisms.
The visit will continue discovering the Mediterranean Sea, with striking marine reconstructions that take you to the Etruscan Coast: environments and creatures will show visitors the extraordinary beauty of the Tuscan seabed.
A touch pool allows you to experience the real emotion of seeing stingrays from a short distance, touching the water where they smartly swim. A hands-on meeting with the sea.
Continuing the visit, you will arrive to the largest tank of Acquario di Livorno, the one which reproduces the Indo-Pacific Sea - containing about 300,000 litres of water.
You will be whisked away to the deep seas to explore magnificent coral reefs, where you can admire the newly arrived 2016 - some Zebra sharks - and moreover the blacktip reef sharks while swimming together with two splendid green sea turtles "Ari" and "Cuba", two napoleonfishes and some red lionfishes.
The currents carry you among the bright colours and abundant species of the Caribbean Sea.
Here you can admire the creatures living in this habitat as the green moray, the leopard moray and the surgeon fish.
Continuing the visit through a rocky gallery, you then return to the surface and have the opportuniry to explore the rocky Tyrrhenian coast of Liguria.
A series of tanks illustrate the differtent environment in our sea and the several animals and vegetals that inhabits there. Through a tunnel beneath the Old Medici Fortress, you then reach the Port of Livorno, accompanied by the backwash of waves.
Before diving into our tropical waters, younger visitors can stop for a while in a special area dedicated to them, with two large reconstructions of a shark and a turtle, together with several panels where they can enjoy discovering the real dimensions of various marine species.
You will continue through a rocky tunnel, admiring the colours and shapes of the different tropical seas...from the funny porcupine fish to the meticulous cleaner fish, from the colorful corals to the angel fire fish swimming around them with numerous other fishes.
Greek-Roman archaeological area
Before going upstairs to discover insects, amphibiants and reptiles, the final part of this enthralling voyage to discover the wonders of the sea is the Greek-Roman archaeological Area - a large tank visible from four different sides - containing a reproduction of a Roman shipwreck.
Here you can rest and admire the natural “show” of the Mediterranean Sea reproduced in the tank, sitting on the auditorium steps situated one of its main sides. You can admire the great sea bass exemplary, the rockfishes and the snappers who constantly patrol the dry environment reproduced in this tank.
A New World: insects, amphibians and rectiles.
After the beauties of the sea at ground floor, you can continue your visit at first floor with the new exhibit "A New World" to discover insects, amphibians and reptiles. Star of this area the fascinating and mimetic Chameleon.
Moreover, the stick insect, the poisonous dart frog and articulated centipede.
You can conclude your visit with the panoramic terrace with view on the sea promanade and the beauties of the fascinating islands of the Tuscan Arcipelago.