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.
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 will play Turkey in the opening game of the European Championship on Friday.