Simon Martin, author of Sport Italia, reveals his favourite Italian sporting moments of all time.
The incredible story of a former seaman, a piano playing human torpedo and a handkerchief wearing runner at London’s 1908 Olympics.
Alfonsina Strada became the first woman to ride the Giro d’Italia, and in turn a national hero.
Having scrapped their Olympic bid for 2020, one can only hope Italy’s enthusiasm for belt tightening will now extend to curbing MPs luxurious lifestyles.
Maradona has always proved a divisive figure, but at Italia ’90 and worshipped by the South, he nearly divided an entire nation.