Women's Italian Open 2003
Milan, 03 - 07 September

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After a year's absence top class international Beach Volleyball returns to Italy with the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Italian Open in Milan from September 3-7.

Italian Beach Volleyball has a renewed enthusiasm after the success of the U21 World Championships in Catania last year and courtesy of the impetus from the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the Italian Federation (Fipav) and Rcs Sport Events, among others, Milan is set to show the showpiece Beach Volleyball event of the year on Italian soil.

The Arco della Pace (Arc of Peace) - Parco Sempione is an inspirational setting for the elite women's teams as they compete in the last tournament before they prepare for the final Grand Slam of the year in Los Angeles in two weeks time.

For the first time in Italy, a large inland town will be the theatre where the elite of women's Beach Volleyball perform. Places like Berlin in Germany, Klagenfurt in Austria and Switzerland's Gstaad have proven how a non seaside city can make Beach Volleyball work and Milan is determined to follow suit.

One thing is for sure, good food won't be the only thing on the menu in Italy come early September and top class Beach Volleyball will definitely be the "plat du jour".