Making a holiday out of the rugby

The 6 Nations is a tournament packed full of excitement and drama, and it is one of the biggest and best rugby tournaments in the world. If you are a Wales fan, you are probably already thinking about the upcoming matches and where you will watch them.

Because the matches are played in different countries, it also provides you with the perfect opportunity to see the match as part of a holiday, so you can plan your holiday around it.

One of the best countries to go on holiday and see the rugby is Italy, and here is a guide to combining the rugby match with a holiday to Italy.

Start or finish in Rome

The Italy v Wales 2017 match is going to be held on 5th February in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico. Obviously, that means you will be spending part of your holiday in Rome, and you could make this the beginning, middle or end of your trip.

As you will be in Rome for the match, it makes sense to see some of the highlights here around the days of the match. Even if you only have a day or two, you can easily pack in lots of things, such as visiting the Colosseum or Vatican City, or jumping on a hop on/hop off sightseeing bus. The crowds will be smaller than in the summer, meaning shorter queues as well.

Choose a city to visit

Italy is not short on world-class city destinations. Any one of the big cities could make for an excellent few days of exploring, and Venice, Florence and Milan are often at the top of the list.

Florence is the easiest to reach from Rome because it is only 170 miles away. Venice is 330 miles away and Milan is 360 miles, but they are both easily reached in a day by car or train. If you want to visit a city or region further away, flying can be a convenient option if you are short on time.

You can also arrange your entire holiday though a specialist agency, and this will take the hassle out of all the logistics. The agency can arrange your match ticket along with flights to and from Italy, transport arrangements, accommodation and everything else you need. This is a particularly good option of you are travelling in a group.

Choose a region to explore

Alternatively, pick a region or two in Italy to explore. One of the most popular is Tuscany, which is full of stunning natural scenery, excellent food and wine, fascinating history, cultural attractions, and numerous World Heritage Sites. It is the perfect place for a relaxing break, and it is ideal for exploring by car.

Abruzzo is a short journey from Rome, making it very convenient. Here you can explore the Adriatic coast, the mountains inland and see towns like Vasto. You could even go skiing at one of the resorts.

Umbria is a landlocked region where you will find a stunning landscape. Discover the beauty of the Apennines and visit highlights like Spoleto and Assisi, or see Lake Trasimeno.

Plan your trip as soon as possible

The best time to start planning is now. Our advice is to book your ticket through a specialist agency as they can help you to plan where to go and what to see without you having to arrange all the details. We work with Bellarome Sports Holidays, who are the Number One provider of 6 Nations trips to Italy, and we can arrange flights, accommodation and match tickets. With our help, you can start planning now and look forward to your trip without the stress and hassle of making any of the arrangements! Contact us today to find out more or visit Bellarome to book online.

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