Visit Italy for the rugby in 2015
If you are a big rugby fan, you’ve got lots of international games to look forward to in 2015. Whether you support England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland, there are some good internationals coming up for all the teams with both the World Cup and the Six Nations taking place.
England will host the World Cup from September 18th to October 31st, and it is sure to be the most talked about event of the year. But the Six Nations could prove to be the perfect warm-up.
And why stay home to watch it when the World Cup is heading to England? It could be the ideal opportunity to plan a holiday, and Italy is the perfect destination.
Important dates for the diary
There are three matches taking place in Italy during the Six Nations in 2015:
So, you could either plan your holiday around one of these, or try to see two matches. The two matches in March take place within a week of each other, so this could be a good option. Alternatively, you could spend six weeks in Italy and see them all!
You can buy your tickets through a specialist agency if you want, and this way you may be able to book your tickets and your holiday all together, which can save you time and hassle.
What to do in Rome
Rome is one of the truly great cities of the world, and although the rugby may be the highlight of your holiday, you cannot miss out on all of the other attractions:
do some sightseeing by visiting attractions like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum;
visit the Vatican, see the Pope, explore some of the best museums in the world and see the Sistine Chapel;
eat out at the best restaurants, tasting the delicious Italian cuisine at its finest;
shop until you drop at designer stores, such as those on Via Condotti;
head out of the city to visit nearby towns like Sorrento;
stroll around the streets, get lost, stop off in a café for a morning espresso, and watch the world go by.
Or see more of Italy…
There is no reason why you are stuck in Rome on your holiday. You may want to just spend a few days in the capital to see the rugby and then go off exploring further. It is a good time to go on holiday because the tourist crowds have not yet descended. A few options could include:
spend a few days in Venice, take a gondola down the Grand Canal, visit San Marco Basilica, explore the islands, cross the Bridge of Sighs and see Piazza San Marco;
visit the home of the Renaissance, Florence, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to many wonderful artworks. See Michelangelo’s David, climb the cathedral, visit the Pitti Palace, and look around the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery;
go even further and hop across to Sardinia. It’s not beach season, but you can visit beautiful places like Alghero, Cagliari, Costa Smeralda and Olbia;
go shopping in Milan, the capital of fashion, and explore the designer stores. While there, take in the Santa Maria delle Grazie and see ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo de Vinci.
Plan your rugby holiday
The rugby will provide you with the perfect highlight for your holiday in Italy, so start planning it today. And remember to think about all the other things that you could see in the country during your time here to make it into the perfect spring getaway.