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12 Jan

Travelling To The Rugby Six Nations European Venues

Italian Rugby fansWhere to Watch the Game and Where to Stay

The Six Nations is a must-watch for any rugby fan. If you’re travelling to Italy or France to watch, you’re sure to have a brilliant trip.

The Rugby World Cup may have been and gone, but there’s another great tournament to look forward to in 2016. The Six Nations is one of the most important fixtures on the rugby calendar, with some of the best teams in the world competing with each other for the title. With the tournament taking place in venues all over the UK and Europe, fans have ample opportunity to watch a match live. If you are planning to travel abroad to do just that, then we’re here to tell you everything you need to know.


For the Italian leg of the tournament, the matches will be played at the Stadio Olimpico. Located in the capital city of Rome, it is one of Italy’s premier sporting venues, used for athletics and football as well as rugby.

If you’re looking for a somewhere to stay, why not try the River Palace HotelA mile from the stadium, it’s opulent and luxurious – and is a stone’s throw from the Piazza del Popolo. The area also has great rail links to the rest of the city, so it’s a great place to stay if you want to explore Rome further.


If you’re just planning to hop across the channel to support your team, then you’ll be heading to the Stade de France. Located in Saint-Denis, just north of Paris, this stadium is undoubtedly the most famous in the country. It’s hosted many rugby tournaments before, including the 2007 World Cup, so it certainly has an impressive pedigree.

In terms of hotels, the Résidence Paris Saint-Ouen is a great place to stay, again, being just a mile away from its neighbouring stadium. It’s close to a Metro station, meaning you can travel across the city quickly and easily. So if you want to squeeze in a romantic trip to the Eiffel Tower in between matches, that won’t be a problem!

Now you know where to go and where to stay, there’s nothing stopping you enjoying some rugby matches in France or Italy – or maybe even both, if you’re planning a longer trip. No matter how long or short your stay though, some European travel insurance is vital. There’s no upper age limit and kids can be insured for free! This makes our policy ideal for families travelling to watch the Six Nations together – everyone from grandparents to grandchildren can be protected.

May the Best Team Win!

It doesn’t matter who you’re cheering on, you’re guaranteed to have a great time watching the rugby in 2016. Both Paris and Rome have so much to offer, from rich histories to bustling shopping districts.

So if you want to take in a little of the local culture while you’re in town, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We might not be able to do anything about the stress of watching a close match – but with one of our insurance policies, you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind!