Next tie 2017
Italy will compete in World Group II in 2017. The draw will be made in June.
Last tie 16-17 April 2016
2013 champions Italy suffered a second consecutive defeat, with a strong Spanish team taking full advantage of a poor weekend for Corrado Barazzutti's side. Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci were comfortably beaten by Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro on day one, before Muguruza pummelled Vinci to wrap up the tie and relegate Italy for the first time in almost 20 years.
Italy are one of only four nations to compete in every Fed Cup, and have been crowned champions on four occasions - in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013. In 2006, Italy became the first nation to win the title without playing a home tie, since the home-and-away format was adopted in 1995.