Trieste will be hosting the naming ceremony on July 2 for the Costa Favolosa, the new flagship of Costa Cruises,the only cruise operator whose fleet flies the Italian flag.

The Costa Favolosa, weighing in at 114,500 gross tonnage and with accommodation for up to 3,800 total Guests, will be the largest vessel flying the Italian flag and a symbol of Italian-made excellence plying the seas of the world.  Her naming event will be a tribute to Italy, and for this reason it is being put on with the support and assistance of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Administration, the Trieste Provincial Administration, the Municipality of Trieste, the local Port Authority and the Prefecture.

Thanks to the involvement of the local authorities, the inaugural event will be open to the public and the whole city, which will take center stage in Italy on July 2.

The show accompanying the christening will be staged as a celebration of the unique features of Italian identity:  the country‚Äôs art, beauty, music, history and historical figures portrayed in an extraordinary spectacle embracing the Piazza and taking in the sea, the surrounding buildings and the sky.

The choice of Trieste as host city for the christening was announced this morning at a press conference by Costa Crociere S.p.A. Chairman & CEO Pier Luigi Foschi.  Also present was the Chair of Trieste Port Authority Marina Monassi, the Mayor of Trieste Roberto Dipiazza, the President of the Trieste Provincial Administration Maria Teresa Bassa Poropat and the President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Administration Renzo Tondo.