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Italian Navy’s Amerigo Vespucci to Visit Puerto Vallarta in June

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The Amerigo Vespucci, a renowned training ship of the Italian Navy and often called the “most beautiful ship in the world,” will arrive in Puerto Vallarta in June as part of its second global circumnavigation, which began in June 2023.

Italian Ambassador to Mexico, Alessandro Modiano, announced this visit during a meeting with interim mayor Francisco José Martínez Gil.

Constructed in 1931 and designed by Francesco Rotundi, the ship honors Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci. It is 101 meters long, 15.5 meters wide, and weighs 4,000 tons. The Amerigo Vespucci has three masts, the tallest reaching 50 meters, and carries 26 sails. About 400 sailors are on board as the ship travels through three oceans and visits 28 countries over 20 months, training naval cadets.

Ambassador Modiano, along with Tommaso Coniglio and defense attaché Andrea Intermite, is organizing cultural and protocol activities with the Mexican Navy Secretariat. The Amerigo Vespucci will dock on Tuesday, June 18, with official events scheduled with Mexican authorities. On Thursday, June 20, students from various schools can visit the ship. Public tours will be available on Friday and Saturday, with groups of up to 50 people starting at 10 AM.

Additionally, a scientific conference featuring specialists from the University of Guadalajara will take place on June 20, alongside tourist activities for the ship’s crew. The Amerigo Vespucci will depart on Sunday, June 23.

The interim mayor highlighted Puerto Vallarta’s safety and rich tourist offerings, expressing interest in strengthening cultural and tourism ties with Italy through the Sister Cities program.

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