Fodor's Expert Review Aquarium

Chiaia, Santa Lucia, and Nearby Zoo/Aquarium

Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

The Greeks originally named their colony here for the mermaid Parthenope (who slew herself after being rejected by Odysseus, at least in the poet Virgil's version), so it's fitting that the city should have established one of Europe's first public aquariums in 1874. At the time Jules Verne's Captain Nemo and Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid were stirring the public's imagination, and technological innovations came into place to funnel seawater directly from the bay into the aquarium tanks. Officially named the Stazione Zoologica and housed in a Stile Liberty building designed by Adolf von Hildebrandt, the aquarium's tanks showcase more than 200 species of fish.

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Villa Comunale 1
Naples, Campania  80121, Italy

081-5833263-for info and library visits

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Rate Includes: €1.50

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