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  • Visit The Aquarium of Cattolica, Italy's largest Adriatic Aquarium, and a must-visit interactive space for all ages.
  • Get whisked away into the far depths of the ocean where you'll be privy to 100 exhibitions and over 3000 specimens spread across 400 species.
  • As you pass along each exhibition, you'll have learned something interesting and new about a variety of animal species.
  • Venture 65 million years back in time into the Dinosaurs World. Come face to face with Allosaurus, Titanosaurus, Dracorex, and more mighty species.
  • Learn what life is like for the sea turtles at 'Turtles in the Adriatic', and hang out with the Hammerhead sharks from Florida.
  • Come up close to otters, Humboldt penguins, wobbly jellyfish, chameleons, sharks, and a hundred other species!
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Aquarium of Cattolica | Explore Italy's Underwater World

The Aquarium of Cattolica is the second-largest aquarium in Italy and hosts over 10,000 marine species. The well-designed glass tunnels allow you to get up close and personal with these exotic marine creatures. The aquarium also hosts sea turtle conservation areas and conducts educational shows on the conservation of marine organisms.

Why Visit the Aquarium of Cattolica?

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  • Diverse Marine Life: The aquarium showcases a wide variety of marine species from various ecosystems, providing a unique opportunity to learn about the underwater world.
  • Tunnel Walk: The immersive tunnel walk allows visitors to experience being surrounded by swimming fish and sharks, creating an unforgettable and thrilling experience.
  • Interactive Experiences: The aquarium offers hands-on interactions with certain marine creatures, adding an element of fun and engagement for both children and adults.
  • Conservation Efforts: Visitors can witness the efforts made in sea turtle rehabilitation and learn about the importance of preserving marine ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Educational Programs: The aquarium hosts informative programs and shows on marine conservation, raising awareness about the significance of protecting our oceans.

Explore the Aquarium of Cattolica

Visitors can explore the aquarium in four different routes: Blue, Yellow, Green and Violet.

Cattolica aquarium - Blue Route

Blue Route

Fully immerse into the history and biological evolution of various marine life including sharks and penguins, stingrays, and jellyfish. It also includes the touch tank, where visitors are allowed to touch organisms such as the trigons.

Cattolica aquarium - Yellow Route

Yellow Route

It focuses on watercourses, with tanks dedicated to baby Caymans and otters that are part of a conservation project. Embark on a journey to explore the playful Caymans and get to know the smallest otter in the world up close.  

Cattolica aquarium - Green Route

Green Route

Discover the world of reptiles and amphibians that include exotic iguanas, chameleons, frogs, insects, and snakes in an environment that recreates the natural habitats of deserts and tropical forests.

Cattolica aquarium - Violet Route

Violet Route

A unique opportunity to hear the sounds produced by the strangest creatures of the seas. The installation of pools makes it possible to witness the communication between fish and invertebrates.

What To Do at the Aquarium of Cattolica?

Marine Creatures

Discover Marine Creatures

Enhance your knowledge of the underwater world by discovering 400 marine species and over 3000 specimens in the Aquarium of Cattolica. Take your time to explore and witness interactive experiences where you can touch and interact with starfish and sting rays. These hands-on experiences are enjoyable for both kids and adults.

Underwater  Tunnel Walk

Underwater Tunnel Walk

One of the main attractions is the glass tunnel where visitors can walk through a large tank while surrounded by swimming fish and sharks. It provides a unique and immersive experience, giving you the feeling of being underwater with marine creatures. Watch in amazement as colorful creatures such as jellyfish, crustaceans, moray eels, and seahorses swim past you. 

Experience Close Encounters

Experience Close Encounters

Apart from the sharks, get up close with friendly otters with small claws - Eva, Costanza, and Marta, a native of Southeast Asia. Witness the Dwarf Caiman, the smallest specimen of alligator. See an astonishing variety of snakes of almost every species, varying from only a few centimeters to gigantic constrictors. Watch in awe of the giant squid, 13 meters long, at the "Abissi Terra Aliena" exhibit. 

Humboldt penguins Feedings

Attend Animal Feedings

Check the feeding schedule and attend the animal feeding sessions, especially the sharks in a gigantic 700,000 liters tank. It's not only fascinating to watch the “predators of the ocean” being fed, but it also gives you the opportunity to see them up close and learn more about their dietary habits. You can also find Humboldt penguins, from Peru and Chile, in a replicated habitat. 

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center

Visit the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center

Drop by the sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center where injured, infant, and sick sea turtles are taken care of until they can be released back into the wild. It's a heartwarming experience to see the efforts of biologists and veterinary doctors conserving these magnificent creatures and ensuring their perfect state of health.  

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Attend Educational Programs and Shows

The Aquarium of Cattolica organizes educational programs, presentations, and marine shows year-round. It aims to exhibit marine life, their conservation efforts, and the importance of protecting our oceans. Participating in these events can improve your understanding of marine ecosystems and the awareness needed to preserve them.

Plan Your Visit to the Aquarium of Cattolica

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Cattolica aquarium
  • 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM, from April to December 
    Last Admission: 5:00 PM 
  • 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, from January to March  
    Last Admission: 4:00 PM 

Closed on: 7, 8, 9, 26 to 31 December; 1 to 7 January 

Best Time to Visit: The aquarium is the prime attraction in Cattolica and is mostly crowded on weekends and during the summer. Visit in the morning or late afternoon in summer, or in the spring and fall seasons.

Cattolica aquarium getting there

Address: Piazzale delle Nazioni, 1A, 47841 Cattolica RN, Italy

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How to Get There? 

  • By Train: Board a Trenitalia from Bologna Station 
    Nearest Stop: Cattolica-San Giovanni-Gabicce
  • By Bus: Take bus 125 from Rimini
    Nearest Stop: Acquario di Cattolica
  • By Car: Take highway A14 and exit at Cattolica; the aquarium is about 2.5 miles (4 km) from the exit 
    Car Parking: Car and Camper parking facility is available inside the Cattolica Aquarium complex. 
Wheelchair facility
  • Wheelchair facility is available 
  • Ramps for wheelchair users, prams, and strollers are available for the Yellow and Blue Routes only 
  • Paid car parking lot 
  • Instructors and guides to assist you in getting up close with the marine life 
  • Camper parking facility available 
  • Emergency medical facility in case of any emergency
Photography is allowed
  • Avoid visiting the aquarium on weekends, that witnesses the highest footfall 
  • Wear comfortable shoes as it requires considerable walking inside the aquarium premises 
  • Photography is allowed, so pack your photography gears 
  • Violet route is not accessible on wheelchairs 
  • Blue Route has alternative itineraries for visitors with mobility issues 
  • Enjoy a family picnic at the picnic spots 
  • Self-service restaurant and snacks bar is available 
Seafood
  • Zio Max: Seafood restaurant known for freshest catches, 5 min away 
  • Cico's Ristorante: Outside seating area on promenade, serves vegan dishes, 6 min away 
  • Ristorante pizzeria Lamo: Seafood dishes, classic Italian pizza & pasta, 3 min away 
  • Ristorante Cane del Greco: Known for gourmet seafood platters, 4 min away  
  • Bar Ristorante Garbino: Popular for meaty preparations, paired with alcoholic beverages, 3 min away 
Stay
  • Budget
    Venezia, 8 min away; Hotel Gambrinus Mare, 7 min away 
  • Mid-level 
    Hotel Trevi, 6 min away; Hotel Leon D'Oro, 7 min away 
  • Luxury
    Waldorf Palace Hotel, 3 min away, Hotel Colibri, 9 min away 
Castle of Gradara
  • Gabicce Mare: A picturesque Italian brown of only 5684 inhabitants, a great place to bask on the beach, 10 min away 
  • Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli: A motorcycle rally circuit, also hosted the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna, 8 min away 
  • Castle of Gradara: A hill-top medieval castle, houses a fortress and a museum, 15 min away 
  • Fiabilandia: A popular amusement park with rides, 22 min away 
  • Monte San Bartolo Regional Nature Park: A serene national park, perfect for quiet gateways, 32 min away  

Frequently Asked Questions About the Aquarium of Cattolica

How much is a ticket to the Aquarium of Cattolica?

The ticket price for Cattolica Aquarium is €20. This includes skip-the-line entry to the aquarium and access to all exhibitions across all routes. 

How to book tickets to the Aquarium of Cattolica?

You can book Aquarium of Cattolica tickets online or at the venue. Purchasing online allows you to eliminate the risk of tickets getting sold out on the day of your visit. 

Why should I book Aquarium of Cattolica tickets online?

Buying Aquarium of Cattolica tickets allows visitors to skip the line at the aquarium entry which is crowded especially in peak seasons. Tickets often get sold out during the summer months and on weekends, so buying tickets online helps in guaranteeing your entry to the attraction. 

What do Aquarium of Cattolica tickets include?

Your Aquarium of Cattolica tickets guarantees your entry into the underwater kingdom. Get access to over 100 exhibitions housing 3000 specimens, sea turtle & otter conversation areas, and also entry into the lost kingdom of Dinosaurs. 

Are discounts available on Aquarium of Cattolica tickets?

Yes, children up to 11 years of age will have to pay €17 for entry to the Aquarium of Cattolica. 

Can I get skip-the-line tickets for the Aquarium of Cattolica?

Yes, you can purchase skip-the-line Aquarium of Cattolica tickets. This allows you to bypass the long queues at the entrance and get more time to explore the aquarium at your own pace. 

What is the cancelation policy for Aquarium of Cattolica tickets?

Aquarium of Cattolica tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours from the time of experience and get a full refund.

What are the Aquarium of Cattolica's opening hours?

The opening hours are 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM, from April to December and 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, from January to March. 

How long does it take to complete the Aquarium of Cattolica tour?

Plan to spend around 3-4 hours visiting the entire Cattolica Aquarium. 

What is the best time to visit the Aquarium of Cattolica?

The best time to visit is the morning or late afternoon in summer or in the spring and fall seasons.