Italians have been celebrating their greatest footballing moment since 1982. People danced the night away in wild street parties after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. And perhaps most satisfying of all for fans was the feeling that they had exorcised the demons of previous defeats to France in penalty shootouts.
In Berlin it was a similar story, of course. There, revellers from many nationalities joined the celebrations in true World Cup spirit.
For Italians, it is a welcome break from worries about a match-fixing scandal that threatens four top clubs with relegation to lower divisions.
There will be a lot more partying when the national team arrives home later today. The French can hardly believe their misfortune, made worse by the fact that their hero Zinedine Zidane was sent off for head butting an opponent in his last game for France.