Italy will play in next year's IRB Junior World Championship having claimed the second-tier IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.
The Azzurri earned a return to the top flight of Under 20 international Rugby with a 45-23 victory over Canada in a pulsating final in Temuco, Chile, on Sunday.
En route to the final, Italy accounted for Namibia and Chile
"I have no words to describe this moment. We are overjoyed that we have taken Italy back to the JWC. The way the public supported this tournament was incredible and it certainly pushed us to play our best Rugby," said captain and full-back Angelo Esposito.
Coach Gianlucca Guidi added: "We treated every game like it was a final and we studied every opponent to ensure we were ready for the challenges. This is my last tournament with the national team and I retire with the joy of the win."
On the final day of competition, there was a win also for hosts Chile - who came third by virtue of a nerve-wracking win over Japan in front of more than 10,000 spectators.
A veteran of three JWRTs, Canada coach Mike Shelley said that Temuco "had been the best of them all. Going from sixth last year to second in 2013 is thanks to a long-term project that we hope will put us again in a position to play for the trophy."
With thanks to the IRB