Rome Masters: Venue

ROME - MAY 7: Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland against Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya of Spain in their first round doubles match, during the ATP Masters Series at the Foro Italico, May 7, 2007 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The 66th edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia will take place on the clay courts of the Foro Italico tennis stadium during the months of  April and May 2009.

The magnificent Foro Italico sports complex embraces all that is typically Italian – giant mosaics of muscular, near-naked male athletes gaze down upon the indoor swimming pool, a 120ft high marble obelisk strikes the horizon as it pays homage to a reviled dictator, and pristine white statues of Carrara marble guard the famed ‘Marbles Stadium’.

Foro Italico was commissioned by Benito Mussolini, the father of Fascism, and was constructed over a ten-year period from 1928. Inspired by the ancient Roman Forums of the classical age, Foro Italico is made up of several venues, including the Olympic Stadium, the Coni Palace, the tennis stadium and the Stadio dei Marmi or Marbles Stadium.

Currently the home of the AS Roma and SS Lazio soccer teams, the Olympic stadium was totally re-constructed in the 1960s. The notorious Adolf Hitler, ally and one-time friend of Mussolini, once worked his supporters up into a total frenzy from the podium of this very same Olympic stadium.

Huge mosaics in the black and white style of the Roman Empire form the avenues leading to the sports complex and the Marbles Stadium. The celebrated stadium is actually a number of tiers hewn out of cool, white marble, and surrounded by 60 statues of the same marble, that were gifts from Italian cities in commemoration of 60 athletes.

Situated on the banks of the Tiber River, and at the base of the Monte Mario in the northern reaches of the city, the Foro Italico Tennis complex boasts eight red clay courts. At this Rome Masters venue the centre court or ‘show court’ has the capacity for 800 spectators.

Contact details for the Foro Italico

Address: Viale dei Gladiatori, Rome, Italy

Marketing: +39 06 3685 4205/4207 or email

Tickets: Villetta Ruggeri, Viale dei Gladiatori, Rome Tel: 800-62 26 62 or email

Getting there

  • From the bus stop on the Piazza Mancini, cross the Duca D’Aosta Bridge on foot and the tennis stadium will be right in front of you.
  • Line A on the underground stops at both Ottaviano and Flaminio stations. From Ottaviano take the number 32 or 271 bus seven stops to De Bosis/Stadio Tennis, or the J4 bus via S Giuliano to the stadium. From Flaminio catch the number 2 tram to the Piazza Mancini.

For more information on tickets to the Rome Masters, please refer to our Rome Masters Tickets page.

While in Rome, do as the Romans do! Join the droves of spectators to the Foro Italico, the Rome Masters venue, from 27 April to 9 May 2009. If you can’t make it to Rome, do the next best thing and place a bet or two on who you think will become the new champions of the Rome Masters.