The Amerigo Vespucci, celebrated as Italy’s most splendid ship, is embarking on a worldwide journey honoring its homeland. Officials have announced that this voyage will include special exhibitions showcasing Italian culture and products at various ports. The vessel, named after the renowned explorer who gave America its name, is a naval ship launched in 1931. Its three masts are adorned with 2,700 square meters (29,000 square feet) of sails, and it carries a crew of over 260 sailors and trainees. Departing from Genoa last July, it began its first global voyage in two decades, visiting more than 30 ports across five continents to enhance crew training.

Italy will inaugurate villages and national exhibitions at eight ports, beginning in Los Angeles, as announced by the defense ministry. Minister Guido Crosetto emphasized the historical significance of Vespucci to Italy, reimagining it as a contemporary symbol. Additional events are planned in cities like Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, and Darwin. Pavilions in the main squares will showcase cooking demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, and tours of the Vespucci. The Los Angeles event will feature Italy’s Frecce Tricolori aerobatics team. The Vespucci plans to return to Italy by March 2025, having completed about half of its scheduled stops. Commander Giuseppe Lai, speaking from the vessel near Mexico via video link, highlighted its deep connection with global Italian communities and its role as a distinguished ambassador for Italy.