April 21, 2024

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A luxury sports travel guide to Italy for 2024

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Luxury sports travel offers a unique opportunity to explore new destinations while indulging in VIP treatment and world-class entertainment. Whether it’s cheering on your favourite team at a historic stadium or witnessing athletes push their limits in breath-taking settings, sports travel allows enthusiasts to live out their passion in style.

Travelling for sports is no longer just about the game, it’s an immersive journey that combines adrenaline-pumping moments with unparalleled luxury and cultural exploration, and where better can you do this than within the stunning cities and towns of Italy?

Known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and delectable cuisine, Italy is a dream destination for sports enthusiasts seeking luxury experiences, and is set to host some thrilling sporting events in 2024. Away from the sports, you can indulge in delicious Italian cuisine, sip on fine wines, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of bustling cities like Rome and Milan. Explore charming cobblestone streets, ancient ruins, and world-renowned art galleries that make Italy a feast for the senses.

If you’re looking to embark on an unforgettable journey filled with excitement, elegance, and unmatched hospitality as you explore this enchanting country during your luxury sports adventure, then ready on for some of the sporting calendar highlights from NetBet Scommesse, Italy’s renowned online sports betting website, that are taking place in Italy this year.

Formula One Italian Grand Prix

Focus on driver Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Ready your engines for one of Formula One’s renowned races in the World Championship, taking place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, better known as the Temple of Speed. Image credit: shime/Bigstock.com

Ready your engines for one of Formula One’s renowned races in the World Championship, taking place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, better known as the Temple of Speed. The Italian Grand Prix will bring together teams, drivers, fans and celebrities alike between the 30th August and 1st September for some thrilling action at this iconic track known for its high-speed straights and challenging corners.

Who will you see lift the trophy? Will it be Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the reigning champion, five-time winner Lewis Hamilton or a surprise win from another driver?

For those seeking a taste of Italian culture amidst the racing excitement, Monza, nestled in the beautiful region of Lombardy, boasts a rich cultural heritage waiting to be explored. From the majestic Royal Villa of Monza to its charming old town centre, there’s something magical about immersing yourself in this vibrant Italian city. And don’t miss out on a visit to nearby Milan, which offers a blend of fashion, art, and culinary delights.

FIM Superbike World Championship at Misano

Race at Misano World Circuit on June 21 2014 in Misano
Get ready for another adrenaline-fuelled experience, this time at the FIM Superbike World Championship in Misano from the 14th to 16th June. Image credit: PHOTOMDP/Bigstock.com

Get ready for another adrenaline-fuelled experience, this time at the FIM Superbike World Championship in Misano from the 14th to 16th June. This prestigious event brings together some of the best motorcycle racers in the world, competing on one of Italy’s most iconic tracks, the Misano World Circuit.

The roar of engines, the smell of burning rubber, and the thrill of high-speed racing make this a must-see event for any sports enthusiast. For 30 years the WorldSBK has been held at Misano, at the circuit named after Marco Simoncelli, and in 2022, the Riders’ Land weekend amassed 65,825 spectators.

Located on the stunning Adriatic Coast, Misano offers not only thrilling racing action but also breath-taking views of the sea. Fans can soak up the sun during breaks between races or explore nearby coastal towns for a taste of Italian charm. Misano Adriatico is a charming seaside town in Italy that offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement, boasting golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Nearby Rimini offers the ideal backdrop for unwinding after attending thrilling sports competitions. From water sports like sailing and windsurfing to beach volleyball tournaments, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you entertained. Be sure to sample the delicious local cuisine and indulge in fresh seafood dishes paired with fine Italian wines at one of Rimini’s upscale restaurants overlooking the sea.

2024 World Rowing Cup Varese

Landscape of Lake Varese with view to the church of San Lorenzo of Biandronno, Italy
Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Varese, the 2024 World Rowing Cup promises thrilling races and breath-taking views

Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Varese, the 2024 World Rowing Cup promises thrilling races and breath-taking views. More than 600 athletes from 70 countries, including Olympians and Paralympians will descend upon the lake’s shores from the 12th to 14th of April in the hopes of becoming the next champion. 

Imagine sitting by the lakeside, watching world-class rowers glide through the water with precision and power. The atmosphere is electric as teams from around the globe compete for glory on the shimmering lake.

When you’re not cheering on your favourite athletes, take some time to explore the charming town of Varese – with its historic architecture and picturesque streets, it’s a perfect place to soak up Italian culture. From savouring authentic Italian dishes at waterfront restaurants to strolling along charming cobblestone streets, there is no shortage of delightful experiences awaiting at Varese.

Italian Open BNL

Famous tennis player Gasquet receiving the ball in Rome "Internazionali BNL di Tennis" 30th of April 2009.
Image credit: roberto.moliterni/Bigstock.com

If you’re a luxury sports traveller looking to immerse yourself in the world of tennis, the Italian Open BNL is an event not to be missed in 2024. Held in Rome, this prestigious tournament attracts top players from around the globe to compete on clay courts amid the stunning backdrop of the Eternal City.

Returning for its 81st edition from the 6th to 19th May, 96 male and 96 female athletes drawn will battle it out to be crowned champions of the courts in this tournament. Will you see an Italian player lift a trophy?

Be sure to take some time out to explore Rome’s rich history and vibrant culture. From iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum and Vatican City to charming cobblestone streets lined with quaint cafés and gelaterias, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this captivating city.

Indulge in delectable Italian cuisine at charming trattorias tucked away in picturesque alleyways or dine at Michelin-starred restaurants for a gourmet experience. Shop along fashionable streets like Via dei Condotti for designer boutiques or hunt for treasures at local markets.

Padova Marathon 2024

View of the canal with statues on Prato della Valle in Padova Veneto Italy
Padua (in Italian: Padova) is a small city located 23 miles (38 km) west of Venice. Image credit: lachris77/Bigstock.com

Gear up for an exhilarating experience at the Padova Marathon 2024 on April 21st, where runners from around the world converge to test their endurance in this picturesque Italian city. The marathon route takes participants through historic streets, charming piazzas, and scenic parks, providing a unique backdrop for the race.

Are you taking part? As you lace up your running shoes and join the enthusiastic crowd of athletes, you’ll be immersed in the vibrant energy of this sporting event. Whether you’re a seasoned marathon runner or a first-time participant, the Padova Marathon offers an unforgettable opportunity to push your limits and achieve personal milestones.

After crossing the finish line with a sense of accomplishment, take some time to explore Padua’s rich cultural heritage and culinary delights. Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine, visit historical landmarks like St. Anthony’s Basilica, or simply relax in one of Padua’s charming cafés – savouring every moment of your luxury sports travel experience in Italy’s vibrant city.

Visitors can explore the famous Scrovegni Chapel, adorned with masterpieces by Giotto, or stroll through the picturesque Prato della Valle square lined with statues and vibrant markets. The botanical garden at the University of Padua offers a serene escape for nature lovers, while the imposing Palazzo della Ragione provides a glimpse into medieval Italian architecture.

Giro d’Italia 2024

Cyclist during the final parade of 97th edition of the Giro d'Italia on June 01, 2014
Giro d’Italia 2024 is not just a cycling race; it’s an Italian cultural experience like no other. Image credit: bepsimage/Bigstock.com

Giro d’Italia 2024 is not just a cycling race; it’s an Italian cultural experience like no other. As the world’s best cyclists tackle challenging routes across stunning landscapes, from the 4th to 26th May, spectators can immerse themselves in the beauty and excitement of Italy. From bustling cities to picturesque countryside, this iconic race showcases the very best that Italy has to offer.

40 cities from the north to south of Italy will be hosting the 21-stage race, from Turin and taking in the likes of Genoa, Pompei, Padua, and Fano and finally Rome, where the ‘Pink Race’ will end. Whether you choose to visit a number of locations along the way or catch just one stage of the race and immerse yourself in the delights of the local villages, towns and cities that Italy has to offer, you’re sure to have an experience like no other.

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