Ocean Stories

The Italian Navy exhibition

Ocean Stories. The Italian Navy exhibition is a multimedia, immersive exhibition offering visitors a complete picture of the heterogeneous world of the Italian Navy, to engage and thrill a broad audience from all sorts of diverse cultures, nations and of all ages. Organized by the Italian Navy, conceived and produced by Magister Art, Ocean Stories is dedicated to the Italian Navy’s history, values and people. The exhibition aims to communicate and promote the diverse universe of the Italian Navy through a narration arising from a multiplicity of subjective perspectives, portraying four thematic areas.


Here is where visitors encounter the Ocean, as a single enormous sea embracing the entire globe, and learn about the Italian Navy’s commitment to its discovery, protection and conservation, thanks to its underwater capabilities, scientific research and technological innovation. This section features video, photographic and infographic contents presenting the Ocean’s salient features, such as its dimensions, the volume and depth of its waters, and the percentage under marine protection.


The area is dedicated to the rhythms of maritime gestures and actions. Photographs and films illustrate the activities and operations typical of the Italian Navy, from the bosun’s pipe to radar clutter, from the swoosh of the wind to the wake left by a vessel as it cruises the seas and from the strikes of the ship’s bell to the creak of the sheets: every sound acting as a metronome, marking the day’s activities in shipboard life everywhere.


The heart of the exhibition is dedicated to the Amerigo Vespucci training ship, once described by the United States aircraft carrier USS Independence, on the occasion of a historical encounter on the high seas, as “the most beautiful ship in the world”. The ship voyages here become a metaphor for a tale of universal relevance: the vessel is not only Italy’s ambassador to the world, but the bearer of such values as equality between peoples, inclusion, education, training, solidarity and hospitality.

Thanks to a 3D virtual reproduction realized by the University of Florence (Italy), visitors will have the opportunity both to explore the spaces on board the Amerigo Vespucci training ship, while at the same taking a closer look at a physical scale model, measuring almost five metres in length.


The final area pays a tribute to the great crew of the Italian Navy, the people who embody its essence and human dimension. A mosaic of faces to represent the rich variety of professions that make up the Italian Navy, from expert sailors, aviators and engineers to ship’s surgeons, divers, submariners, assault units and the young midshipmen who have just embarked on life at sea.

Ocean Stories | Teaser

The official premier of the exhibition will be at UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS in New York, 6 – 14 June 2024, the world’s most representative institutional location, marking also the Italian Navy’s commitment to respect the Ocean through its preservation, conservation, and protection, furthering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Co-organised by the Italian Navy with the Permanent Representation of Italy to the United Nations, Ocean Stories. The Italian Navy exhibition opens its doors in the very same week that also marks the World Ocean Day (8 June) and while the Amerigo Vespucci will be sailing along the United States’ Pacific Coast as part of its world tour.

The exhibition continues in a second display at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC in the Piazza Italia space, 27 June - 11 July 2024, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.

Web site Ocean Stories


Ocean Stories | United Nations Headquarters | Press Release + Images (Italian)
Ocean Stories | United Nations Headquarters | Press Release + Images (English)
Ocean Stories | Italian Embassy in Washington DC | Press Release + Images (Italian)
Ocean Stories | Italian Embassy in Washington DC | Press Release + Images (English)
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