If you are planning a spring incentive-trip and would like your leisure time abroad to be memorable, you should consider Rome as a destination and not just because the Italian capital is especially lovely at that time of year. On May 8th the BNL Italian Open – one of the more prestigious red clay tennis tournaments in the world – will begin at the Foro Italico. The tournament will take place on eleven courts, with the main court sporting the impressive capacity of 10.400 seats. This is a unique occasion to grant your team a well-deserved break and offer them the opportunity of experiencing one of the most anticipated sporting events of 2016 first hand.
The BNL Italian Open
The BNL Italian Open dates back to the year 1930 and was initially played in Milan. It was moved to Rome in 1935 and it has been played there every year since, with only three exceptions. The title of Roman Masters Champion is currently held by Novak Djokovich and Marija Sharapova. The tournament will draw all the major WTA stars and it will provide a peerless opportunity for entertainment and networking. The event offers several packages, ranging from plain day seats to executive packages that grant access to exclusive facilities, restaurants and lounges. If you want to make the best use of your time between matches, you could take advantage of a wide range of dedicated services and reserved areas and hold meetings, or just let your hair down and enjoy a little quality time with your colleagues.
Plan your trip
The peak day of the tournament will be Friday 6th, when the quarter finals take place. If you are among the lucky 10.400 sitting in the main court on this special day, you will get to watch three matches from the men’s tournament and 2 from the women’s tournament and witness the performances of the world’s current top-players. In recent years the quarter finals in Rome have seen the astonishing performances of athletes such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Agnieszka Radwanska, Marija Sharapova and Serena Williams. Hardcore sport fans usually show up on the morning of the quarter finals, to take in a few training sessions before the actual matches and enjoy their favourite player’s athletic efforts in a sunnier and less crowded court.
As far as entertainment goes, Rome will never let you down. If you wish to stay at the Foro Italico, you will see it transform into a busy, multi-level club, where people mingle and relax, basking in the afterglow of the last match’s adrenaline rush. Or you can set out to explore Rome’s busy nightlife. A short drive down the river Tiber will get you to Trastevere, where you will sample the local cuisine at its best, listen to live music or hang out one of the popular bars with a glass of your favourite white wine.
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