Legend has it that in 1955 an aircraft carrier ship of the American Navy, in the middle of the Atlantinc Ocean, en route to the Mediterranean Sea spotted from a distance a magnificent sailing ship, pointing straight to them, thus the captain picked the radio and called it.
“Who are you?”
” Sailing ship Amerigo Vespucci – training ship of the Italian Navy”
“No, you are just the most beautiful boat in the world”.
It doesn’t matter if such conversation actually happened or not, as a matter of fact, the Amerigo Vespucci is defnitely the most beautiful boat in the world. It was completed in 1931 and immediately started its career as a training ship for the members of the Naval Academy from the port of Castellammare di Stabia, close to Naples. It’s base is the port of Livorno, where the Academy also is based, however it is possible to see it everywhere in the Mediterranean sea as well as in the Atlantic Ocean.
Since the boat is sort of an Italian Pride, the Navy makes is available to visitors when docked at any port, thus you may visit it in Venice, or New York, or Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Barcelona… It is therefore impossible for me to provide you with a specific location where you can see and visit, you just have to be lucky. I happened to see it only twince in my life.
In these days it is docked in Genoa, the biggest Italian port. If you are there of closeby, don’t miss the chance to see it.
Pictures in this post are from the web