The story of rugby at Artena, in the province of Rome, is a marvellous exposition with more than 15,000 items of memorabilia.
Six hundred square meters are dedicated to the sport with the oval ball, photographs, posters, trophies, pennants, balls, books, ties, pins and more than 1500 jerseys classified by geographical areas that cover the timeframe of nearly 80 years from the first game of the Nazionale Italiana (Italian National team) played in Barcelona in 1929 till today.
The museum is directed by the Foundation “Il Museo del Rugby, Fango e Sudore” (The Museum of Rugby, Mud and Sweat) and today is one of the most important in the world. It began as a private collection thanks to the passion of the former rugby player Corrado Mattoccia who in November 2012 established the Foundation.
Among the founding members that held the name of Italy high in the rugby world are Giovanni (Nanni) Raineri (22 cups Azzurri), that put the “first stone” of the collection donating his personal ball and Mauro Bergamasco (17 years in Azzurro, 13 editions of the “6 Nations”, 5 World tournaments) who gave the museum jerseys from his own sports career (Benetton Treviso, Italia, Stade Francais, Aironi and Zebre) and the Shield of Brenno, a trophy that is given to the Champions of France, won by Mauro Bergamasco in 2007.
The Rugby Museum has received the patronage of the Italian Rugby Federation and displays some masterpieces of its own collection in occasion of the games of the International Tournament of the 6 Nations which are played in the Olympic Stadium of Rome.
In 2010, the museum received the Bronze Medal from the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, and in 2016, President of the Senate of the Italian Republic, Pietro Grasso.
For more information: www.ilmuseodelrugby.it