Anticipation as islanders in Italy await the removal of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia.

Some in Giglio think it will work -- others are unconvinced. But one thing they agree on: they can't wait to have a different view of the Costa Concordia.

The mayor of the town SERGIO ORTELLI says pulling the vessel upright is an important step.


"Metaphorically this is like giving birth, so it is painful because this has been a tragedy. At the same time it has entailed a great commitment and sense of responsibility on everyone's part in order to reach this important moment. For us, finally, this will be the removal of a huge problem that we have in our port and that we want to solve as soon as we can."

The ship itself weighs more than 114,000 tonnes and is the length of three soccer fields.

Islanders can't wait to see the back of it.


"I really hope it goes soon, because we can't stand seeing it anymore. For a year and a half we have it in front of our eyes, every morning when we wake up, we can't wait."

Weather-permitting the ship will be turned upright Monday morning and its expected to take between 8 and 10 hours.

The ship itself will then have to remain where it is until 2014 when it will be towed away.