Foro Italico, historical symbol of sport in Rome and crucial point of the most important international events in 2009 (ATP Tennis International Championship, UEFA Champions League’s Final, Swimming World Championships), Swatch FIVB World Tour 2010 Grand Slam, the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships Rome 2011, will host the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Grand Slam 2012. The best players will play in the central play court and in the other courts set up in the area that traditionally hosts tennis International Championships. One of the most attractive location of world beach volleyball, with its surface area of 25.000 squared meters, the Foro Italico will host a big commercial area with 3 restaurants, 5 bars, a VIP Lounge, a Kids&Fun area, a multimedia area and a welcome area in which a platform will be set up for night shows. Not only sport, but also show and entertainment for the audience of the tournament that will have the opportunity to take part in various parallel events.
The Foro Italico
Inspired by Roman Imperial Architecture, Foro Italico was built between 1928 and 1938 as an area for sport disciplines and for memorial events of regime.
Enrico Del Debbio conceived the complex of buildings that compose the Foro Italico on behalf of Renato Ricci, Head of Opera Nazionale Balilla. The primal project was resumed and partially modified by Luigi Moretti who completed the works as director of Technical Opera Office. The complex is based on the Romans Forum of Imperial Age, even if its architecture is rationalist as the one in the fascist period. Foro Italico was built to be “the biggest, the most original and perfect complex ever conceived and realised in the world in the area of physical education”. At the entrance there is the Obelisk, erected in 1932, that constitutes “the optical and ideal centre of the complex”. From the Obelisk you reach the Fountain of the Globo along the Foro Italico Avenue, a mosaic designed by the painters Canevari, Capizzano, Rosso e Severini, representing, on white and black marble tiles, main scenes of fascist life and ideology, that “should have emulated the glory of Rome”. On the right of the Obelisk there was the fascist Academy of Physical Education, building that underwent different changes of purpose during the years: from headquarter of liberation troops to Vatican hotel for the pilgrims of Jubilee in 1950, to head office of CONI (1951), that has substituted fascist signs with the five Olympic rings. Externally the building is decorated by cubbies that host the sculptures of athletes realized by Carlo De Veroli and Silvio Canevari.
Foro Italico includes various sport facilities:
- Olympic Stadium;
- Marbles Stadium ;
- Rome Tennis Stadium;
- Rome Swimming Stadium..
Rome between history and legend
Its monuments, the great artistic and cultural value, its supreme landscape and its traditional hospitality contributed to make Rome one of the favourite destinations of world tourism. Rome is a cosmopolitan reality, able to host every kind of event: entertainment, culture, theatre, dance, cinema, music and sport. The inauguration of Parco della Musica and its marvellous Auditorium together with the revaluation of the Foro Italico, are the sign of the verve of this secular city that looks to the future without forgetting the past. Rome of the new millennium appears as a modern metropolis that knows how to preserve its ancient charm, and moreover it is universal crossroads and symbol of the serene cohabitation among folks.