Italia - Stadio Olimpico

No ALT tag specifiedThe Stadio Olimpico in Rome will continue to be the interim home of Italian rugby during the 2014 Six Nations, while the Stadio Flaminio gets a long-awaited refurbishment.

Situated two and a half miles north of the Vatican City with the river Tiber running alongside it, the 82,000-capacity Olimpico is one of Italy's most revered sporting arenas.

The stadium was built in 1928 and took centre stage in the 1960 Rome Olympics as the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics events were staged there.

Currently it is home to the capital's two major football teams - AS Roma and SS Lazio - who share the ground for their home league games in Serie A.

The running track around the pitch means fans are farther from the action than they were at the intimate Flaminio, but the ground's capacity is significantly larger.

And as the 80,000 spectators who watched Italy play New Zealand at the San Siro in 2009 showed, Italian rugby has an enthusiastic and very vocal following.

Italy will move back to the Flaminio when work has finished on upping its capacity to 42,000.

However, after beating France and Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico in 2013 - the latter in front of 74,000 supporters - and finishing fourth in the Six Nations, they may not be excited to leave the venue.
Stadio Olympico
Piazzale del Foro Italico
00135 Roma
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