Italy coach Pierre Berbizier has made three changes to his starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations Championship clash against Wales in Cardiff.
Full-back Cristian Stoica is omitted for Saturday in favour of Overmach Parma's Ezio Galan in a solitary switch behind the scrum following the 37-12 defeat against France a fortnight ago.
Up front, injured Stade Francais flanker Mauro Bergamasco is replaced by Maurizio Zaffiri - with Agen lock Santiago Dellape returning to the second row instead of Carlo Del Fava.
Both Stoica and Del Fava are on the bench as Italy look for a first victory in this season's tournament.
Italy team to play Wales in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in Cardiff on Saturday:
E Galon (Overmach Parma); P Canavosio (Calvisano), G Canale (Clermont Auvergne), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), L Nitoglia (Calvisano); R Pez (Perpignan), P Griffen (Calvisano); S Perugini (Calvisano), F Ongaro (Treviso), C Nieto (Viadana), S Dellape (Agen), M Bortolami (Narbonne, capt), S Parisse (Stade Francais), M Zaffiri (Calvisano), J Sole (Viadana).
Replacements: C Festuccia (Gran Parma), A Lo Cicero (L'Aquila), M Castrogiovanni (Calvisano), C Del Fava (Bourgoin), A Zanni (Calvisano), S Picone (Treviso), C Stoica (Montpellier).
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.