Officials say an Italian cargo ship and 21-member crew are now free, seven months after pirates seized the vessel in the waters off Somalia.
President Giorgio Napolitano hailed the release of the Rosalia D'Amato, along with its crew of six Italians and 15 Filipinos.
Napolitano expressed hope Saturday that another Italian vessel, the oil tanker Savina Caylyn with its crew of 22, would be soon released. The tanker was seized in February.
Italian news agency ANSA quoted Adm. Gualtiero Mattesi, who commands a NATO anti-piracy mission, as saying the Rosalia D'Amato had refueled after being released by pirates Friday. The admiral said an Italian navy ship nearby will escort the cargo vessel.