Some of the most iconic stadiums in Italy, including the San Siro in Milan, could host football matches if Rome is chosen to host the 2024 Olympic Games, it was announced today.
Also proposed is The Juventus Stadium, where last season's Serie A champions play their home matches, and Stadio San Paolo, home of Napoli, the club where Argentina's Diego Maradona enjoyed the best years of his career.
A total of 11 cities have been put forwards as venues with the two finals to be staged at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Other stadiums chosen are the Bentegoda Stadium in Verona, Friuli Stadium in Udine, Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Dall'Ara Stadium in Bologna, Franchi Stadium in Florence, St Nicholas Stadium in Bari and Barbera Stadium in Palermo.
The tournament will be divided into two parts involving the entire country, Rome 2024 promised today.
The group stages will be hosted in Turin, Genoa, Udine, Verona, Bologna, Florence, Bari and Palermo.
The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played in Milan and Naples, with the two venues sharing the six knock-out matches in the men's and women's tournaments between them.
The two finals will be played in Rome.
Last week it was announced that Cagliari on the island of Sardinia will host the sailing if Rome are awarded the Olympics.
"This announcement today shows that we are a nationwide project," Luca di Montezemolo, the President of Rome 2024.
"Both the sailing and football tournaments will fully represent the technical added values of our venues, unique environments, great enthusiasm and a deep knowledge and competence."
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world.
It has a capacity of 80,018, making it the fifth largest football ground in Europe and the biggest in Italy.
It is the home of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan
The Stadium is named after Giuseppe Meazza, who played in Italy's World Cup winning teams of 1934 and 1938, and who represented Inter Milan and briefly for Milan between 1927 and 1947.
It hosted six games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and has staged three UEFA Champions League finals in 1965, 1970 and 2001.
It will also host the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final.
The stadiums in Florence and Naples also hosted football matches the last time Rome staged the Olympics, in 1960.
That tournament was won by Yugoslavia, who beat Denmark 3-1 in the final held at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome.
“It’s a very important selection: 11 cities, 11 stadiums," said Giovanni Malagò, President of the Italian Olympic Committee:
"It is from here that the Rome's bid becomes the candidacy of the country.
"We are working hard and we are proud of how this challenge growing.”
The final decision on which venues will be chosen will lay with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA.
The IOC is due to choose the host city at its Session in Lima in 2017.
Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris are also bidding.