There are small factions in Italy, that actually enjoy the sports of other countries.
There is Little League BASEBALL team where I live...... but not much, after the age of 15 or so. The infrastructure just isn't there....but the little League teams are successful.-
Likewise, you see them teaching RUGBY in schools now.-------but like a tamer, watered down version of it. (No tackling.......just like tag Rugby---or tag football.,....so they can learn the basics. )
Basketball is popular.....as a spectator sport.........but I rarely see anyone playing it.
But the far and away sport here, is of course soccer. Virturally every playground, will have a soccerfield.