At Nice, Mario Balotelli appears to have found the right environment for his talents to flourish.
Juventus and Napoli can look forward to this week's Champions League ties, secure in the knowledge that they have hit their stride on the domestic front.
Inter spring a major surprise as they come from behind to defeat champions Juventus.
Francesco Totti showed his enduring qualities on Sunday, coming off the bench to inspire a late Roma fightback.
Giampiero Ventura kicked off his reign as Italy coach with a win and a display of tactical acumen that suggests Antonio Conte won't be missed too much.
New coach Giampiero Ventura will be hoping his Italy team can bounce back from the friendly defeat to France, when they meet Israel in their opening World Cup qualifier.
Juventus' Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain wasted little time in justifying his record transfer fee.
Paddy Agnew looks ahead to the new season in Italy, where much has changed but Juventus remain the team to beat.
Injuries and suspensions notwithstanding, Italy are on a high as they prepare to face the world champions.
Antonio Conte's Italy are once again showing the virtues of teamwork.