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The Italian Bowl of the American Football League in Italy

June 25 – July 4, 2024

Starts in Rome and also visit Ravenna, Ferrara, Bologna, Florence, Assisi and Farfa.

American football has been officially played in Italy for over 40 years.  There are 100 teams throughout Italy and the Italian Bowl (the Italian Super Bowl was played for the first time ever in America, in Toledo, Ohio on July 1st, 2023, with great success.  Over 10,000 fans came to cheer on the teams in this Finalissima.  The Parma Panthers team was the victor and now reigning champions.  The 2024 Italian Bowl (the no. 43 edition) will feature its match up in Ravenna, in the Region of Emilia-Romagna.  Ravenna, which is a city and a province in the region of Emilia-Romagna, itself located in Northern Italy, and is known for its well-preserved late Roman and Byzantine architecture, with eight buildings comprising the UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

 

As a participant in this travel group, you will start in Rome and visit the glory of the Eternal City where the Colosseum, Forum and the Vatican, will be just a few of the sites to see on and off the beaten path.  Next, you will be taken by modern motorcoach (bus) to Ravenna for a historical visit then partake in the Finalissima Italian Bowl.  Beyond the focal point of the XLIII Italian Bowl in Ravenna on June 29, 2024, you will be able to choose to go on excursions to Bologna, Ferrara and Florence, among other stops along the way.

You will be guided by an Italian insider, Phil of Philítaly.  He will leverage his Italian language, access to family and friends to show you the real Italian “day in the life”, and take you to places off the beaten path.

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American National Football League third string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Rick Dockery becomes a national laughing-stock after what is considered the worst performance in NFL history.  No other NFL team wants him after he is cut by the Browns.

 

Against all odds he lands a job as the starting quarterback for the Parma, Italy Mighty Panthers.  The Parma Panthers are happy to have Rick, wanting an NFL player and not being selective about which former American NFL player they choose.

For Rick, not knowing anything about Parma and not speaking a word of Italian, a series of adventures ensue bringing with it a few surprises.

9 DAYS/ 9 NIGHTS
June 25 – July 4, 2024

Price for Full Land Package All Inclusive $3,950 Per Person

 

Purchase your flight on your own to have more control over possible changes.  Choose a flight from the closest airport with non-stop flights to the Italian hub city where the group meets.  If you are not close to a city with non-stop service to the hub in Italy, we suggest you take a domestic flight to the US city that offers non-stop service to Italy hub or fly to a European city with layover to the hub city in Italy where the group meets. ​

Consider travel insurance for peace of mind to protect land, air and trip cancellation as well as medical service and evacuation insurance.  Click here to view options for comprehensive insurance, not just for flight cost, like most airlines sell. 

The Italian Bowl of the Italian Football League
Day 0, Monday June 24, 2024

Travel overnight from US or early morning from a European city

Day 1, Tuesday June 25, 2024
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AM: Arrive in Rome and meet your private driver outside baggage claim.

PM: Aperitivo (cocktails) and dinner in Hotel

Sleep at Hotel Shangri La, Via Algeria, 141, Roma, 00144

Day 2, Wednesday June 26, 2024
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AM: Tour Roma Antica (Antique Rome)

PM: Walking tour of the Roman Piazzas and Pantheon

Sleep at Hotel Shangri La, Via Algeria, 141, Roma, 00144

Day 3, Thursday June 27, 2024
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AM: Tour Religious Rome (Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and their Museums)

PM: Tour Galleria Borghese

Transport by private motor coach from Rome to Ravenna on the way

Sleep at Hotel in Ravenna

Day 4, Friday June 28, 2024
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AM: Tour with guide Ravenna, the Capital of mosaics and former Capital within Roman Empire

PM: Lunch at outdoor garden in Ravenna, then winery tour before dinner

Sleep at Hotel Ravenna

Day 5, Saturday June 29, 2024
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AM: Free day for you to relax, exercise, take a bike ride, or shop before the Big Game

PM: Lunch on your own

The Italian Bowl Game at 7pm in the Stadium of Ravenna

Post game victory party

Sleep at Hotel Ravenna

Day 6, Sunday June 30, 2024
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AM: Private motor coach from Ravenna to Ferrara

Walking tour of Ferrara to see the castle, the historic theater, and the Palazzo dei Diamanti (Diamond Palace)

PM: Lunch in Ferrara, then option for bike tour or private orchestra concert in an ancient Church

Sleep at Ferrara

Day 7, Monday July 1, 2024
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AM: Travel in private motor coach from Ferrara to Bologna

Walking tour of Bologna to discover the unique energy this town possesses, which is famous for its arches

PM: Lunch in Bologna, then travel to Florence by private motor coach.

Cooking class in Florence for Dinner

Sleep in Florence, Hotel Marios and Hotel Monica

Day 8, Tuesday July 2, 2024
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AM: Walking tour of Florence and its splendor from the Renaissance

PM: Lunch at Piazzale Michelangelo, then see the real David in the Accademia, and visit the Pitti Palace

Sleep in Florence, Hotel Marios and Hotel Monica

Day 9, Wednesday July 3, 2024
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AM: Travel Florence to Rome by private motor coach

Stop in Assisi (Umbria) or Farfa (Lazio) on way back to Rome from Florence

PM: Lunch in Assisi

Night tour of Rome and rooftop drink at Hotel Bernini at Piazza Barberini

Sleep at Hotel Shangri La, Via Algeria, 141, Roma, 00144

Day 10, Thursday July 4, 2024
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AM: Depart from the group

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Starts in Rome and also

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Learn more about Playing for Pizza ▾

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 


Playing for Pizza: A Novel by John Grisham Published in 2012

American National Football League third string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Rick Dockery becomes a national laughing-stock after what is considered the worst performance in NFL history. No other NFL team wants him after he is cut by the Browns.

 

Against all odds he lands a job as the starting quarterback for the Parma, Italy Mighty Panthers. The Parma Panthers are happy to have Rick, wanting an NFL player and not being selective about which former American NFL player they choose.

For Rick, not knowing anything about Parma and not speaking a word of Italian, a series of adventures ensue bringing with it a few surprises.

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