Internazionali Tennis di Roma 2023, much more than a tournament
History of the Internazionali di Tennis d’Italia, a tournament that is nearly 100 years old
1930 was the year in which the Internazionali d 'Italia were played for the first time, thanks to the drive of Count Alberto Bonacossa, who organised them at the Milan Tennis Club, at via Arimondi. After 5 years, the Tournament gained its current venue, the Foro Italico in Rome.
From 1935 to today, the event has only left the Italian capital's historic venue on 3 occasions. The first, in 1961, when Sporting di Torino was chosen, on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Unification of Italy, and then in the 1980s for the women's tournament, first in Perugia, then in Taranto.
Trivia about Italy's most famous tennis tournament
It is impossible to talk about the Internazionali di Tennis without mentioning the Foro Italico that hosts them. Created by Enrico Del Debbio between 1927 and 1932, and completed at the end of World War II, the complex is equipped with 14 clay courts and one with synthetic grass.
There are 3 main areas: Central Court, which has a capacity of over 10,000 seats, the Grand Stand Arena with 5,000 seats, and the Nicola Pietrangeli Stadium with almost 4,000 seats. In addition, the first Italian success was in 1933 with the victory of Sertorio over the French player Legeay.
The schedule of the Internazionali Tennis di Roma 2023: dates and times
It starts on Wednesday 10 May with the day session at 11 a.m., and the evening session at 7 p.m. at Central Court and the Grand Stand Arena. On Friday 19 May, the two women's semifinals are played, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., unlike last year, when this slot was dedicated to the quarterfinals, for both men and women.
On Saturday 20 May, the two men's semi-finals will be held, in the daytime session at 1 p.m. and in the evening at 7 p.m. The long-awaited final will be on Sunday 21 May, at 1 p.m.
Where to buy tickets for the ATP in Rome
As for purchasing tickets for the Internazionali di Tennis, you can get them directly online, at the official tournament web page.
Simply register on the site, choose your ticket and proceed with the purchase. The costs vary depending on the seats and the days, from a minimum of €18 to a maximum of surpassing €1,000 for the final in the Exclusive Suite.
Where to eat out in Rome if you are in the city for the tournament
Between matches, you can eat inside the Foro Italico, thanks to the numerous stands in the Food Areas, or even outside the venue.
Enjoy some typical dishes of Roman cuisine. Try rigatoni alla carbonara, bucatini all'amatriciana, some artichokes alla giudia or alla romana, or treat yourself to an aperitif.
How to get to the Foro Italico
You have many options to get to the Foro Italico. If you are going to the venue by car, the nearest car park is in Piazzale del Foro, near the Stadio Olimpico and the Stadio dei Marmi.
By public transport, the area is served by Atac lines 2 and 32. If you are travelling by train, from the Tiburtina Station take metro B (direction Laurentina) to Termini and from here take metro A (direction Battistini), to the Ottaviano stop (exit via Barletta) and then bus 32 (direction Saxa Rubra Station), to the De Bosis/Tennis Stadium stop.
Finally, if you are going by plane, from Rome-Fiumicino airport there are trains to Termini or Tiburtina stations, while from Rome-Ciampino airport there are Terravision buses to Termini.
What to see and do in Rome between matches
The Foro Italico stands at the foot of the verdant Monte Mario hill, next to the Farnesina and the Stadio Olimpico. Along its perimeter, you can admire the marble statues surrounding it and go for a walk on Ponte Milvio.
In the event area, namely in the Fun Area, you can meet tennis champions, and in the Ballroom, which is a disco located under a structure shaped like a tennis ball, you can party to music until late into the night.
The tournament promises to be absolutely amazing: book your spot and enjoy the show.