Six Nations game in Rome? Here’s some local tips to make it count

It is safe to say that Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. The so called città eterna (eternal city) is one of the cradles of European civilizations and carries reminders of that in every corner of itself, you just can’t escape it. Despite having a quite large rugby scene…

Away game in Treviso? Plenty more than rugby awaits you

Treviso is the Italian rugby stronghold, with a density of rugby players that rivals the world’s biggest rugby hotspots. More in general, rugby in Italy has grown particularly strong in the Veneto region, to which Treviso belongs. The territory that used to be the Republic of Venice until 1797, and later until 1866, has a…

Away game in Parma? Here’s what the city has to offer

Parma is a beautiful city located in the centre-north of Italy, famous among Italians for its central role in the food industry. Every one knows Parma ham in the world, as well as the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and these are only two of the important contributions of this city to the Italian food culture. The…

Italian rugby academies towards a substantial reform

The production of young, high-level talent in the Italian rugby movement has been since long restricted to a single national academy gathering the very best athletes on a yearly invitational basis. Recently, the production of players seemingly ready for professional rugby has substantially increased and this has been noticed by many, with Italy U20 consistently…

Dissecting the Italian rugby movement

This article is intended for a non-Italian audience. It happens every year, at least in recent times. During the weeks of the Six Nations tournament supporters from the Home Nations and France repeat the adagio: why is Italy even involved, since they aren’t level with the others? We’ve lost more than 30 matches in a…