Survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster have revisited the cruise ship that ran aground a year ago today.
Standing on the deck of a local ferry, many threw flowers into the water to remember the dead.
Captain Gregorio De Falco, the coast guard who ordered the Costa Concordia's disgraced captain Francesco Schettino back on to the sinking ship, is taking part in today's anniversary commemoration.
He said he wanted to go to Giglio to "embrace the victims, and the relatives of the victims."
Captain De Falco achieved hero status after his management of the situation, but said he has avoided speaking to the media since the disaster out of respect for the victims.
"I don't want notoriety for this tragedy," he told RAI state television.
The last piece of rock to be removed from the Costa Concordia was lowered into back into the sea today, complete with a memorial plaque to the 32 victims who died in the disaster last year.
Survivors and relatives of the deceased watched from a ferry as workers lowered the stone into the waters off the Italian island of Giglio, where the remains of the wreck still lies.
The ceremony was part of a series of events to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy. A mass was also held for the victims and a minute of silence is scheduled for 9:45pm - the exact time the ship struck rocks last year.
A memorial Mass is being held for the 32 victims of the cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground on an island off the western coast of Italy a year ago today.
A minute's silence is scheduled for 9:45pm - the exact time that the cruise ship slammed into a reef near the island of Giglio.
On the eve of the first anniversary of the Costa Concordia, in which the cruise liner capsized claiming 32 lives, Italian officials have said that more time and money will be needed to safely remove the ship.
Senior salvage master at Titan Salvage Nick Sloane, employed in the removal of the cruise liner Costa Concordia has said the "biggest" challenge has caused some of the delays. The ship sank in January last year claiming the lives of 32 people.
The Costa Concordia ship wreck will be removed from the island of Giglio by September at the latest, the head of Italy's civil protection agency told news agency AFP, on the eve of the first anniversary of the disaster which claimed 32 lives.
Franco Gabrielli told a press conference on the island: "We are talking about a window for the removal between June and, if the weather conditions are adverse, September. This is a completely exceptional operation."
Four hundred salvage workers have been employed in the removal by a partnership between US salvage giant Titan and Italian salvage company Micoperi.
Kevin Rebello, the brother of a man who died when the Costa Concordia hit rocks in Italy and whose body has not been recovered, said he is hopeful his sibling's remains will finally be found when the ship is towed away.
Mr Rebello said it was important for his family to find the body of Russell Rebello, a waiter on the ship, "so that he gets a decent burial."