Experience the Amerigo Vespucci and Villaggio Italia in Los Angeles

June 30, 2024

The Amerigo Vespucci Ship

The historic sailing ship and training vessel of the Italian Navy, the Amerigo Vespucci, will dock at the Port of Los Angeles from July 2 to 8, opening to the public on July 3 at 4 p.m. Known as the ambassador of "Made in Italy" worldwide, this magnificent ship invites guests aboard daily to experience its charm and rich naval traditions. For times and reservations, visit

Explore Villaggio Italia

Adjacent to the Vespucci, Villaggio Italia will offer a unique opportunity to explore Italian excellence from July 3–8, open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (opening at 4 p.m. on July 3 and closing at 12:30 p.m. on July 8). This 'Multi-Year Traveling World Exposition' spans nearly 130,000 square feet and features programs, concerts, cuisine, and more. For more details, visit

Frecce Tricolori Air Show

On July 4 at 4 p.m., July 6 at 7:15 p.m., and July 8 at 7 p.m., the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force's National Aerobatic Team, will perform spectacular air shows over Los Angeles, flying right above the Vespucci as part of their North America Tour (NAT).

Musical Performances

Daily performances by the Carabinieri’s Fanfara Cadet Team will entertain visitors at Villaggio Italia and around Los Angeles, including Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, and Beverly Gardens Park. On July 5 at 7 p.m., enjoy a special performance by musicians from the Milan-based La Scala Academy at Villaggio Italia.

Exhibitions at Villaggio Italia

  • Italia Geniale: Celebrating the history of Italian design.
  • Divina Immersiva Eccellenza: An exhibition dedicated to Italy's wine heritage.
  • Turismo delle Radici: Exploring the roots of Italians abroad and their descendants.
  • Siamo Mare: A photographic exhibit showcasing the beauty of Italian seas.
  • Business Innovations: Stories of 23 businesses exemplifying Italian creativity and innovation.
  • Italian Infrastructures: Featuring the MOSE project in Venice and the Strait of Messina Bridge.

Sports Exhibitions

Discover historic Olympic torches from Italy’s Olympic Games and meet champions supporting the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.

Art Displays

View "La David," a contemporary reinterpretation of Michelangelo's masterpiece by Jago, with an artist meet-and-greet on July 6 at 5 p.m.

Italian Cinema

Screenings of successful Italian films, curated by the Venice Biennale, include:

  • Io Capitano by Matteo Garrone on July 4 at 6 p.m.
  • Jago into the White by Luigi Pingitore on July 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Comandante by Edoardo De Angelis on July 5 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Sergio Leone, l'italiano che inventò l'America by Francesco Zippel on July 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Ennio by Giuseppe Tornatore on July 7 at 8 p.m.

Italian Cuisine

Enjoy world-renowned Italian cuisine with Eataly's Ristorante Italia, show cooking sessions, and an immersive exhibition. Daily from 5 to 7:30 p.m., savor the Aperitivo all'Italiana. Reservations are available at

Flag Lowering Ceremony

Each evening at 8:09 p.m., witness the Amerigo Vespucci's flag lowering ceremony from the dock.

After Los Angeles, the Vespucci and Villaggio Italia will visit Tokyo, Japan (Aug. 25-30), Darwin, Australia (Oct. 4-7), Singapore (Oct. 24-28), Mumbai, India (Nov. 28-Dec. 2), Abu Dhabi, UAE (Dec. 17-19), Doha, Qatar (Dec. 22-25), and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Jan. 20-24, 2025).

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