Rugby in Italy
In the early 1900's, Rugby was introduced to Italy. Although Italy may not immediately come to mind when thinking about taking an international rugby tour, they are considered a tier one nation by the International Rugby Board. Italy's national rugby team, Italy (Azzurri), competes in the 6 Nations Championship. In fact, the competition was first named the 5 Nations Championship until Italy joined, which forced it to be renamed to the 6 Nations Championship in 2000.
Rugby is young in Italian sports and Italy's national team is constantly improving to make better competition for squads in the UK and France. One of Italy's best tries at the Rugby World Cup was in 2007 in France. They missed qualifying for the quarter-finals by losing to Scotland by two points.
Along with being a part of the growth of Italian rugby, Italy has many cultural excursions and beautiful geography to enjoy. From the Colosseum in Rome to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius in Naples, Italy's unique history and interesting sites make it a complement to any rugby match. A visit to Italy offers sites such as the Vatican, Roman Forum, the Duomo, the Piazza del Popolo, St. Peter's Basilica, Tuscany, and the Pantheon and play some rugby matches against Italian competition.
AM: Experience the glory and history of Rome with visits to popular spots including: the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Foro Trajano, Bath of Caracalla the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, and the Villa Borghese gardens.
PM: Begin your evening with your first match against a Roman squad. After the game, explore your own interests in Rome and rejuvenate for the next day of adventures.
(Sleep in Rome)
AM: Enjoy breakfast in Rome before heading to the Vatican for a guided tour.
PM: (11:00-5:00) Experience a guided tour of the Vatican by visting the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums which will include the Pio Clementino, the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the world famous St. Peter's Basilica.
(Sleep in Rome)
Charming Italian Countryside
AM: Travel only a few hours north to Assisi. Complete the morning with a brunch and check into local hotel.
PM: Enjoy a guided tour of Assisi with stops at San Damiano, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rocca Maggiore and the breathtaking view of the entire city from the Basilica di San Francesco. Throughout the day, experience the sheer beauty of Italy's rolling hills.
(Sleep near Perugia)
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