• Rugby in Rome – an Ideal Break for Sports Fans

    by  • February 8, 2015 • Architecture, City Breaks, Rome, Sport

    Italy’s home matches in the 6 Nations Tournament are always eagerly awaited.


    The 6 Nations Fixtures are eagerly awaited every year by many rugby fans and tickets to these international matches are snapped up by fans as soon as they come on sale. Italy’s home matches, played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, are generally the subject of particular interest. This year Italy’s home fixtures were against Ireland yesterday, 7th February and are scheduled to be against France on 15th March and Wales on 21st March. Many rugby fans look to combine a trip to watch the rugby with a short break in Rome.

    The weather conditions for the Irish match were far from perfect, being cold and wet, so the Irish fans were unlucky. The French and Welsh supporters who head to Rome in March to watch their teams play are likely to encounter more favourable conditions. Flight prices to Rome over those March weekends will have been at really high levels for months now so anyone who hasn’t yet booked their flights will certainly end up paying premium prices.

    The Stadio Olimpico lies to the north of the city of Rome inside the Foro Italico sports complex, and can be reached easily from the city centre by pubic transport so fans will find it convenient to stay in a centrally located hotel for both the rugby and sightseeing.

    Rugby fans who are visiting Rome for the first time will want to see some of the most famous sights such as the Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and possibly the Vatican. The Forum is a surprise to many, being less well known than some of Rome’s other architectural gems. It was the centre of activity and the political heart of Rome for more than 1000 years until the fall of the Roman Empire. Here, triumphal processions took place, elections were held and the Senate assembled. The remains of many buildings from different periods are visible; the forum was littered with temples, basilicas and triumphal arches. The Colosseum is also a “must see” for every visitor to Rome. ]Commissioned in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian, this world famous building is located just east of the Forum and has 80 arched entrances which allowed easy access to 55,000 spectators to watch the gladiatorial games.

    For rugby fans with an interest in shopping rather than sightseeing one of the places to head to is the Piazza di Spagna for some excellent boutiques or to the Via del Corso for some prestigious designer and antique shops. Beware though – window shopping can be a joy but Rome is an expensive city so it’s hard to find may bargains. Leather goods such as bags, shoes and gloves can represent very good value for money though.