For six nations – England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales – rugby is serious business. For avid rugby fans and novices alike the Rome-based matches are lively athletic events that take place in the historic Stadio Olympico in the northwestern corner of Rome. Whether you’re a rugby pro or just looking for some athletic activity to do over the weekend, we’ve put together all of the information in one place.
Below is the 2019 lineup for Six Nations rugby matches:
France v Wales, Friday Feb 1, 8.00pm (UK & Ireland), Paris
Scotland v Italy, Saturday Feb 2, 2.15pm, Edinburgh
Ireland v England, Saturday Feb 2, 4.45pm, Dublin
Scotland v Ireland, Saturday Feb 9, 2.15pm, Edinburgh
Italy v Wales, Saturday Feb 9, 4.45pm (UK & Ireland), Rome
England v France, Sunday Feb 10, 3.00pm, Twickenham
France v Scotland, Saturday Feb 23, 2.15pm (UK & Ireland), Paris
Wales v England, Saturday Feb 23, 4.45pm, Cardiff
Italy v Ireland, Sunday Feb 24, 3.00pm (UK & Ireland), Rome
Scotland v Wales, Saturday Mar 9, 2.15pm, Edinburgh
England v Italy, Saturday Mar 9, 4.45pm, Twickenham
Ireland v France, Sunday Mar 10, 3.00pm, Dublin
Italy v France, Saturday Mar 16, 12.30pm (UK & Ireland), Rome
Wales v Ireland, Saturday Mar 16, 2.45pm, Cardiff
England v Scotland, Saturday Mar 16, 5.00pm Twickenham
***Planning to visit Rome for one of the Six Nations Rugby Matches? Book your vacation rental near Stadio Olimpico now!
Stadio Olimpico is located in the northwest corner of the city of Rome and represents its own piece of history. Originally built for the Foro Mussolini, later called Foro Italico after WWII, ground broke in 1928 and finished in 1932. Subsequent renovations of the stadium were undertaken to make it suitable for international events, including the 1960 Summer Olympic Games and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The most recent renovation completed in 2008 for the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final to modernize the stadium with large LED screens and a slight reduction in capacity.
By public transport
Take the metro (Line A) to the Flaminio stop. Exit the metro station and head to Piazzale Flaminio where you can pick up Tram no. 2. Take the train to the end of the line at Piazza Mazzini.
Alternatively take the metro (Line A) to Ottaviano near the Vatican Museums. From here pick up bus no. 32 and get off at the Piazzale della Farnesina stop.
For the last few years Rome’s transportation authority has supported an initiative that offers routes to arrive the stadium by bicycle, as part of a sustainable initiative called Roma gioca sostenibile. The map below details suitable bicycle routes, bike parking, and where stairs are located. For further details, visit the Rome transport authority website.
Would you like to rent a bicycle during your stay in Rome? We’re delighted to help our guests organize a bike rental. Just contact us!
If you weren’t able to score tickets to the matches, or just prefer to watch the matches from the comfort of your home or nearby pub, here’s a list of where you’ll be able to watch the action live in Rome.
Via del Plebiscito, 101/b (Piazza Venezia)
Open till 3:30am daily
Via Leonina, 66 (Monti)
Open till 12:30am daily (1am on Fri and Sat)
Via di S. Martino Ai Monti, 28 (Monti)
Open till 2am daily
Via del Collegio Romano, 6 (Via del Corso)
Open till 3am daily
Via del Colosseo, 1C (Colosseum)
Open till 2am daily
Via Ostilia, 30 (Colosseum)
Open till 2am daily
If you like to host game days at your place throughout the year, do the same in Rome! Watch the match live from the comfort of your vacation rental in Rome on DMAX, available in all vacation rentals by Rome Accommodation that include a SKY subscription. Use the filters on the Rome Accommodation website to see those homes that have “SKY TV”.
Rome Accommodation manages several properties in the near vicinity of Stadio Olimpico, including the MAXXI apartment, which is just minutes away on the other side of the river. The MAXXI vacation rental can host up to 7 guests in 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
For large groups of friends, the Mazzini apartment is also within walking distance (equidistant from Stadio Olimpico and the Vatican). The vacation rental can accommodate up to 14 guests in 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, a spacious dining and lounging area.
For those seeking a home in a quiet, residential neighborhood should look into the Belle Arti apartment, also within walking distance from Stadio Olimpico, or hop on Tram 2 which runs up the street of the apartment. Six guests can enjoy privacy in 3 bedrooms and 3 baths in a beautiful 20th century palazzo in a prestigious area of Rome.
Have you visited Rome for the Six Nations Rugby matches? Share your experience in the comments below!