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08 Dec 2004
Olympic News

TURIN 2006: Olympic Torch Relay Presented in Rome

The schedule for the Olympic Torch Relay of the XX Olympic Winter Games, Turin 2006, has been announced in Rome. The Olympic flame will travel from Olympia to Rome before touring Italy for 64 days and visiting all of Italy’s regions. This will be the third torch relay, after Cortina d’Ampezzo (1956) and Rome (1960), which has ended in an Italian city.

The Best Of Italy
The Turin 2006 Olympic Torch Relay will involve the whole of of Italy for the 64 days that it is on Italian soil. The Relay route will see the flame visit all the Italian regions and provinces, and the flame will change hands more than 10,000 times. The torch will visit some of Italy’s best-known landmarks, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mont Blanc and the Canal Grande. The Relay will last from 7 December 2005 until 10 February 2006.

Milestone Dates
The Relay route will also see the Olympic flame reach certain towns on some special dates. It will be in Palermo on Christmas Day, Naples on New Year’s Day and will visit Cortina d’Ampezzo for the 50th anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the Cortina Olympic Winter Games in 1956. One week prior to the Games, the flame will enter the Olympic system stopping in Pinerolo on 3 February, Bardonecchia on 4 February and Sestriere on 5 February, before finally reaching the Opening Ceremony in Turin on 10 February 2006.

Torchbearers Wanted!
The first of the 10,000 torchbearers on Italian soil will be the Athens 2004 marathon gold medallist Stefano Baldini. He will be joined in carrying the flame by numerous personalities from the worlds of sport, entertainment, art and culture and thousands of people from all walks of life, who are selected to participate by filling out a torchbearer application form, which can be found on the internet at

Presenting Partners
Once again, Coca Cola and Samsung, who are the Official Presenting Sponsors of the Turin 2006 Olympic Torch Relay, will present the Relay to the world. Both partners will be involved in the selection process for a large number of the torchbearers and will also use their national and global reach to help promote the Relay and the Olympic spirit.

“Tra un anno a…”
In addition to the Olympic Torch Relay, the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC) is organising an event entitled “A year from now in…” (tra un anno a…). This photographic exhibition of previous torch relays in Italy will visit ten of Italy’s main cities over the coming few months in order to convey the values of the Olympic flame to the Italian population a year ahead of its arrival in Italy. The exhibition will be open to the general public.

A Brief History Of The Relay In Italy
The Olympic torch relay was first held for the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. Since then, the Olympic torch relay has become one of the most symbolic events leading up to the opening of the Games. The Olympic flame has ended its journey twice before in Italy: once for the Olympic Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, and once for the summer Games in Rome in 1960. The most recent visit of the flame to Italy was this year, when the torch visited Rome as part of the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay.

Learn more on Turin 2006

Official website of Turin 2006
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