Wing Edoardo Padovani scored a late try as Italy stunned their hosts Wales to secure a first ever win in Cardiff and end their 36-game losing streak in the Six Nations on Saturday.
A brilliant break from rookie fullback Ange Capuozzo set up the score for Padovani, and when flyhalf Paolo Garbisi kicked the conversion from in front of the posts on the final whistle, Italy had secured their magic moment that left some players in tears.
It was fully deserved, too. They bullied Wales at the breakdown and put in a stout defensive display, something that had been a weakness in recent years, to secure one of the more famous wins in their rugby history and show their continued improvement under coach Kieran Crowley.
Centre Owen Watkin, wing Josh Adams and hooker Dewi Lake scored tries for Wales, who put in a mostly flat performance and missed the chance to celebrate 100 caps for flyhalf Dan Biggar and 150 for lock Alun Wyn Jones in the style they would have wished for.
"It's just unreal. I couldn't believe it, I want to stay with my family and teammates and celebrate with them because we deserve it and we worked so hard to get here," Italy captain Michele Lamaro told reporters afterwards.
"It's the first step of our long process that we just started. Capuozzo is the superstar of our squad right now and that last try was amazing. I think just being in the moment until the end took us to the win."
Wales captain Biggar told BBC Sport: "What do you say? This is probably the toughest interview I've ever had to do. Simply not good enough, so many facets of the game. We haven't played well all day, but not to finish it off when they are 70 metres from our own line.
"We've just said in the huddle it's probably the last chance for a lot of players. We weren't at it from the get-go and we got punished. We were well short on work ethic and that's got to be looked at very closely."