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Visiting Porto Antico in Genoa
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Genoa is a port city and is the capital of the Liguria region. The city is famous for its artistic heritage which resides in the magnificent buildings, the beautiful ports, the mysterious museums, and the delicious food. The Old Port of Genoa or the Porto Antico is an endearing waterfront of Genoa standing tall on the Mediterranean. It is open 24 hours all 365 days and replenishes its visitors with a never-ending spirit of fun, refreshment, food, love, and a larger-than-life experience. The port is full of charm and beautiful museums, parks, swimming pool, cinema, restaurants, and cafes. The place also boasts Europe's largest aquarium. The port was renewed by the famous architect Renzo Piano who, with his outstanding work, made a special place for the sea and the port in the hearts of the locals as well as the thousands of tourists who pay a visit to the city. The tourists who visit the place refer to it as 'the heart of the city'.

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The Old Harbour of Genoa

The Old Harbour of Genoa

The Aquario De Genova

The Aquario De Genova

The Aquario De Genova is the most well-known tourist attraction of the Ligurian capital which attracts a large crowd of tourists from across the globe. The place is a favorite spot for kids who enjoy the insights of the aquarium. It is home to more than 15,000 animals. A large shark tank welcomes you at the start of your journey which gives a glimpse of what all the place has to offer to people of all ages. The shark's bay is not limited to only sharks rather it showcases a huge collection of different varieties of fish. The kids will be amazed to meet the adorable creatures, the penguins. The giant manatees will give you a thrilling experience. The Dolphin Pavilion is a new expansion to the aquarium. The four open-air tanks allow the travellers to hear and see the friendly mammals. The submarine tunnel is the next step which allows you to dive into the blue and enjoy the company of these great creatures.

The Biosphere

The Biosphere

Located near Acquario Di Genova, the biosphere is a spectacular structure made of glass and steel which depicts the beauty of the tropical forests. Renzo Piano designed the Biosphere in 2001. The place is home to many complex and interesting species: turtles, fish, insects, and some rare birds like weaver bird. The walkway is covered with ferns and palms. You can also find plants such as coffee plants, cinnamon plants, gum trees, etc which make the place rich in flora. With accounting for more than 150 species of beautiful fragile plants the place is a must-go when travelling to Genoa. You can find the rare Scarlet Ibis in the biosphere. The big tree ferns are a popular attraction which exhibits the biological area.

The Edmondo De Amicis Library

The Edmondo De Amicis Library

The Edmondo De Amicis Library is the largest library of Genoa which is dedicated to children and young adult literature. The place offers more than 180 reading spots and also an area for meetings.The library holds a huge collection of books. Educational events for families and training sessions for parents facing problems in parenthood are also organized in the premises. It is considered to be the best place for kids where they can give shape to their imagination. The soothing and peaceful ambiance with natural light illuminating the room and the breeze from the sea all add to the mood of the reader. It also is a city center for literary tours, workshops, and lectures.

The Bigo

The Bigo

Bigo, the panoramic lift, also the symbol of Porto Antico , gives a unique view of the alluring city of Genoa. The graphic panels and the audio recording encapsulates the enchanting beauty of the sea and the city. The shape of the lift symbolizes an old crane unloading goods from a ship.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

You don't require a ticket to enter the port but to visit the attractions you will surely need a ticket. You can book tickets through this website easily and at your convenience.

How To Get Around?

You can use buses, cable cars, trains to reach the port. The city has a well-managed transport system so you will not find a problem exploring the place.

What Should I Wear?

Wear comfortable clothes and footwear. You can wear anything of your choice. A short dress, trouser with a crop top or a skirt with a crop top will be perfect attire. Men can wear a t-shirt or a shirt with slacks, trousers or shorts. Use sunscreens before moving out in the sun. Girls can use cool accessories to add to the mood. Don't forget to carry an umbrella if you are visiting the city during winters.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Genoa is anytime. You can visit the place depending on your mood. If you like rains, visit the place during winters. Summer is also a good time, with pleasant weather. Hotels are a bit cheaper during September. Autumn and spring are also suitable for travelling.

Currency

The currency is the Euro.

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you will not require a guide as this website gives a thorough description of all the details of the attraction.

How To Get There?

The port-city of Genoa has a well-equipped transport system. You can use a plane, a train or a bus to reach Genoa. The mode of transport you choose is certainly your choice. The Christoforo Colombo Airport is the busiest airport of Genoa and connects the city to almost every country of the world.

Additional Info

It is illegal to smoke in Genoa for people who are below 18 years of age.

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