Things to do after the rugby in Italy

While 2017 may seem like a long way off, it is the perfect time to start thinking about the 6 Nations.

If you are a fan of rugby and you want to watch a live match during the 6 Nations, you may well want to head overseas to combine the experience with a holiday, and one of the best places to go is Italy.

Here is a quick guide to watching Wales play Italy in Rome, along with some ideas for how you could turn your trip into an exciting holiday.

The dates

On February 5th, 2017, Wales will play Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. If watching the Italy v Wales rugby match in Rome sounds exciting, now is the time to start planning.

You can book it alone or you can go with a specialist provider, who can arrange your flights from Cardiff or anywhere else in the UK. If you are going to Rome, why not turn it into a real holiday? You could stay for a weekend, a week or longer.

If that sounds interesting, here are some of the things you could do as a part of your 6 Nations trip to Italy.

Explore Rome

When in Rome, it makes sense to do a bit of sightseeing before or after the match, especially if you have not yet discovered this beautiful city for yourself.

Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and Rome is the epicentre. Top of your list of things to see should be: 

  • the Colosseum;
  • the Sistine Chapel;
  • St Peter’s Basilica;
  • the Roman Forum;
  • the Vatican Museums.

In addition, you can also go shopping. Rome is fantastic for shopping, or even just window shopping. Start by heading to the Spanish Steps and browse the designer shops here, like those on Via Condotti and Via Borgognona.

And then of course you can enjoy some fantastic dining. One of the great pleasures in Italy is eating, and Rome is not short of restaurants. One of our favourites is Ristorante Tema on Via Panisperna, which specialises in fish. Or you may prefer a casual café where you can watch the other 6 Nations rugby matches taking place on a big screen.

Explore further afield

Got even more time to explore? Great! Then don’t stop at Rome. Italy is an easy country to travel around and there is so much to see.

After spending a couple of days in Rome and seeing the sights, hop on a train or rent a car and travel somewhere else. Within a few hours you could find yourself in: 

  • Florence;
  • Venice;
  • Milan;
  • Pisa.

All of these world-famous cities have enough attractions to keep you busy for many weeks, so it really depends which one takes your fancy.

Or you could explore a region of the country. Some of the most popular regions to explore include: 

  • Tuscany;
  • Umbria;
  • Lazio.

Lazio makes for a particularly convenient option because it is the region in which Rome is located, so you won’t have to travel far.

See the rugby, see Italy

The 6 Nations rugby is the perfect excuse to visit Italy, so plan your holiday around the match. Consider spending a week here before the match and finishing your holiday in Rome with the big game, or start with the game and then explore some more of the country. 

Now is the time to start planning, so book your tickets and start looking forward to an Italian holiday with a difference! If you would like us to provide a customised 6 Nations package for you, contact us today. Alternatively, you can book a set package online today with our partners, Bellarome Sports Holidays.

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