Acquario di Livorno: the alien fishes are here!
Acquario di Livorno: the alien fishes are here!
On the ground floor: tanks, a tunnel, a touch pool, the jellyfishes. Moreover, a tank dedicated to the green turtles "Ari" and "Cuba" and one to the Kelp.
At the first floor an area dedicated to insects, amphibians and reptiles where are admirable the chameleon, the iguana, dart frog and much more. From the first floor, you can go to the panoramic terrace where to admire the seaside of Livorno and the islands of the Arcipelago.
New 2021: the alien fishes!
On the ground floor of Acquario di Livorno, a new tank dedicated to alien fishes. Every year many species enter the MEditerranea Sea, occupying the ecological niches of native species, which unfortunately tend to disappear.
This is due to the several factors as international maritime traffic, the double opening of the Suez Canal and climate change .
In this tank visitors can admire some species of alien fishes, such as the squirrel fish (Sargocentron rubrum) and the scorpion fish (Pterois miles).
NEW 2019 - THE KELP: THE SUBMERGED FOREST
Kelp is an Anglo-Saxon term that indicates several species of Macroalgae ablo to grow in height for several meters, to form a real submerged forest. Each forest can be made up of several algae species, among which the best known is Macrocystis pirifera or focus known to the population as the extracts are widely used in cosmetics. The amount of animal special that can be found in this habitat is incredible. Species specifically occupy the various level of the water column, from the bottom to surface. These environments are mainly distributed in the temperate and polar areas of the oceans, even if one is present near the tropical coast of Ecuador.
During the visit you could admire the stars of Acquario di Livorno - the two green turtle "Ari" and "Cuba" that swim together with 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, 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 reptile house with insects, amphibians and reptiles.
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 an 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: an exhibit dedicated to discover the beauties and curiosities of the world of insects, amphibians and reptiles that guest a lot of animals such as chamaleon, steck insect, the iguana, the dart frog and much more. 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 exhibit at first floor is included in the entrance ticket.
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.
Insects, amphibians and reptiles.
After the beauties of the sea at ground floor, you can continue your visit at first floor the area dedicated to insects, amphibians and reptiles where from march 2018 is visitable an anthill with leaf cutting ants.
Star of this area the fascinating and mimetic Chameleon and a beautiful specimen of iguana.
Moreover,the poisonous dart frog and articulated centipede..
...and the mimetic insect
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.