Fans jammed Rome's streets to cheer Europe's soccer champions on a victory tour of the city in an opened-topped bus.
The European Championship final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on Sunday has all the makings of a tight and tense title match.
Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Insigne scored a goal each to give Italy a 2-1 win over Belgium and a spot in the European Championship semifinals.
Substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina scored in extra time to help Italy beat Austria 2-1 and advance to the quarterfinals of the European Championship.
Roberto Mancini has turned Italy around after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the last World Cup.
Italy waited a long time for this European Championship to start and then showed just how eager the team was to play the tournament opener.