Prandelli celebrates Euro 2012 progress with 21km pilgrimage

The national-team coach made a promise ahead of the European Championship to make the pilgrimage if his side qualified from the group stage, and has now kept to his word
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has completed a 21 kilometre walk to a monastery in the middle of the night following the Azzurri's progress to the knockout stages at Euro 2012.

The national team boss made a promise at the start of the tournament to the monks of the Camaldolese Priory that he would travel to the monastery on foot if his side qualified for the quarter-finals.

Prandelli was joined by members of his technical staff and Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-president Demetrio Albertini for the trip as they left Italy's base camp in Wieliczka during midnight hours on Tuesday.

The group arrived at the Camaldolese Priory after a three-and-a-half-hour walk, and received a warm welcome from the monks, before returning to the Turowka hotel by car at 07:15CET.

Italy will meet Group D winners England in the quarter-finals. The encounter takes place in Kiev on Sunday.