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Costa Cruises plans 75th anniversary celebrations in Genoa

Genoa's Piazza Matteotti will be the backdrop for The Monumental Tour show
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Costa Cruises will be hosting a series of events from October 19-27 in Genoa, where the company's history began in 1948 with the maiden voyage of Anna C, the first passenger ship of the fleet.

On the evening of October 20, Costa will offer the public a show called 'The Monumental Tour' in Piazza Matteotti and featuring electronic music, cultural heritage and digital art created by the French DJ and producer Michael Canitrot.

The main façade of the palace, overlooking Piazza Matteotti, will come alive in a spectacular way with a show of images and lights, whose theme will be Genoa, its history and the sea.

Also that day, a cocktail party will take place on Costa Toscana, berthed in the port of Genoa, in collaboration with Vanity Fair Italia.

The menu will be curated by the Italian chef Bruno Barbieri and accompanied by Ferrari Trento wines, with a personalized label created for the special occasion. Closing the evening will be a special showcase by the renowned Italian artist, Malika Ayane, performing on board.

The 75th anniversary celebration program also includes an initiative to support local organization Community of Sant'Egidio that helps vulnerable individuals: On October 19, at the cloister of the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata, Costa Cruises’ chefs will prepare a special lunch for around 150 guests, with the participation of chef Bruno Barbieri.

Genoese community support

Costa Crociere Foundation has been supporting the Community of Sant'Egidio since 2015, as part of a food assistance project that has so far seen the distribution of around 1 million meals.

Other events include Italian comedian Angelo Pintus who will perform at the Politeama Genovese theater, with the proceeds of the evening donated to the Gaslini Paediatric Hospital in Genoa. Costa will add a donation equal to the evening's takings and a group of young patients from the hospital will also undertake a tour of Costa Toscana and a lunch onboard.

‘On this special anniversary, our desire is to share equally unique emotions with the city of Genoa, through a magnificent show in one of the city's most iconic squares. However, Costa also aims to maintain its role as a responsible member of the Genoese community, where our company originated, by bringing smiles and tangible assistance to those who are most in need,’ said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.

‘75 years represent an extraordinary milestone for Costa, the company born in our city that continues to carry the name of Genoa around the world, ‘ said Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa.