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Sports in Italy

If you want to know more about this wonderful country, and specifically about sports, then you must know that sports in Italy include soccer, basketball, motor-racing, golf, among others. Whether you love to play some of them, or just want to watch some sport matches, it is for sure you will enjoy of time. Italian women have one of the indexes of BMI most lowest in Europe (usually 24.8). If you are womne and want to calculate and know your Body Mass Index please check The "Body Mass Index", or BMI, is a measurement of body fat calculated from an adult's weight and height. BMI does not measure body fat directly, but it’s a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people.

Find here information regarding a few of the many sports activities that form part of the daily life in this country.


Soccer in Italy This sport is called “calcio” in Italian. It is the most popular in Italy as well as in other countries, it is also because Italy has one of the best football teams in the world, which has won the FIFA World Cup four times along its run, in 1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006. Italian people are so into football that every time their team plays they follow it. The soccer season in this country runs from August to May, so it is possible to watch these interesting matches during a visit or holiday to Italy. This is undoubtedly a unique experience that is worth.

If you are a traveler and want to watch those exciting matches, you have to make sure that you are here during the soccer season. The fixtures are set before the start of it and the tickets can be bought online in websites of the club. We recommended you to buy the tickets in advance.

Soccer can be considered as part of the Italian culture. Italian soccer serie A includes 20 teams (that vary season to season, because the teams which are in last position are demoted to serie B, meanwhile the teams which are first in the serie B are promoted to serie A). Some of the most popular soccer teams are:
  • Bologna
  • Fiorentina
  • Genoa
  • Juventus
  • Inter Milan (It has never been downgraded)
  • Roma


Basketball or  pallacanestro in Italian, is the second most popular sport in Italy. It is gaining popularity quickly, being most popular than soccer in Bologna, Pesaro and Siena. The national league is considered as the third best in the world (after the NBA of America and the Spain ACB basketball league).

There is the Lega Basket Serie A, which is formed by 18 teams from different Italian cities. So like in soccer they vary from season to season.

Auto Racing

It is another popular sport in Italy. The world’s fastest cars are produced in this country. Just considering the Ferrari cars, it is natural that this sport be practiced in this country. Auto racing have a considerable number of fans and lovers, which follow related sports events whether watching it, in car tracks or by television. So, if you like this sport, Italy is one of the best countries to enjoy of it. You will have the opportunity to watch some notable car racing events such as the Italian Grand Prix. 


Golf is a very interesting and addictive sport. There are great golf courses in Italy which are surrounded by spectacular landscapes and which offer quality services that attracts golfers and travelers from all over the world. The mild climate of the country is another important aspect that makes travelers and Italians to enjoy of golf in Italy. Just imagine how fantastic can be playing it in a golf course located in an amazing green landscape surrounded by awesome vineyards. 

Among the most preferred destination for golfers is the historical region of Emilia Romagna. It hosts 15 golf courses, where people can be treated like royalty for a fire cheap price.


For those who are interested in winter sports in Italy, infrastructure has been improved, offering quality ski resorts that can be compared to the ones of the neighbor countries such as France and Switzerland. These resorts are equipped with all the comforts for a pleasant stay. In addition, if a person does not know how to ski, there is no problem since the establishment offers ski schools where experienced instructors offer ski lessons. 

Water sports

If you are interested in spending your holidays in the water, in Italy there are marinas that offer shops, restaurants and many amenities to enjoy the ocean. Italy may include land stations, such as parking of vehicles, trailers vessels, etc. Boats are moored on buoys or walkways and there are water taxis available to transfer people to the coast and into the boat. The marinas are, more frequently, along rivers, lakes or inland seas. For adventure lovers or whoever loves being in the water there are diving 

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