In the Diacinto Cestoni room, you can admire crustaceans from the Mediterranean Sea, as well as sea urchins, octocorallia andspiny starfish. In the next rooms, other types of colourful starfish are on display in all their glory, together with fish from the Livorno coast. Rays and brills swim around a large, sandy pool, where they try to blend in with the “sea” floor. The tactile pool allows careful children to touch the fish as they wriggle around.
A panel explains that they must be brushed delicately and only on their backs, and they can’t, of course, be grabbed by their tails.
There are tons of colourful examples of the tropical fish that children fell in love with watching the film Finding Nemo, like clownfish and anemones, as well as seahorses, cardinalfish and scabbardfish.
It’s incredible to watch as eagle rays “fly” about your head, stupendous fish that seem to possess wings and which live in the Adriatic Sea.
The last tank on the ground floor is home to dentexes, bass, groupers and gilt-head bream, but what makes it unique is that it contains the wreckage of an ancient ship.