Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has selected second row Quintin Geldenhuys to skipper Italy for their summer tour.
In the absence of captain Sergio Parisse, through injury, and Martin Castrogiovanni, who is rested, Brunel has opted for Zebre lock Geldenhuys as the man to lead the 30-man squad.
The squad also features Ospreys scrum-half Tito Tebaldi, who returned to the international fold during the RBS 6 Nations after a two-year absence and three uncapped players in the form of Dario Chistolini, Andrea de Marchi and Guglielmo Palazzani.
Also included is second row Josh Furno, who impressed during the RBS 6 Nations and who will join Newcastle Falcons next season.
"I am delighted to be joining Newcastle Falcons," said 24-year-old Furno, who has won 18 caps. "I am really looking forward to meeting all the boys and getting down to work.
"I am now excited to be given the opportunity to challenge myself in the Premiership. I will be working hard to ensure that I play my part in what promises to be an exciting future for the club."
Italy will play three matches: against Fiji on June 7, against Samoa on June 14 and against Japan on June 21.
England's preparations for the Autumn International series were potentially dealt a further blow as Maro Itoje was forced to undergo an x-ray after Saracens' European victory over Scarlets on Saturday night.