Roberta Vinci was first on court on Day 1 as Italy faced Russia in the Fed Cup final over the weekend.
Alexandra Panova had her chances - four match points - but she just couldn't convert against Vinci.
After three hours and 13 minutes Vinci finally got the better of Panova, by a 57 75 86 scoreline.
Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone, Fed Cup veterans themselves, supported her from the sidelines.
Irina Khromacheva also had her chances against Sara Errani in the next match, leading 4-2 second set.
But Sara Errani won four games in a row to close the Russian teenager out in straight sets, 61 64.
Day 2's first reverse singles rubber saw former Top 20 player Alisa Kleybanova take on Errani.
Errani played the perfect match though - seven for seven on serve, 59 minutes, and a 61 61 scoreline.
Italy had clinched its fourth Fed Cup title, having also won the event in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Pennetta and Karin Knapp would play the doubles match later to push the tie's final score to 4-0.
And then the celebrations...
Errani had a fantastic 2013 - another Top 10 finish in singles, No.1 in doubles and now the Fed Cup.
Vinci's wasn't too shabby either - No.14 in singles, No.1 in doubles and the Fed Cup title as well.
Another highlight of Errani's season was reaching a career-high ranking of No.5 in the world in May.
Italy is now one of six countries with four or more Fed Cup titles - also USA, AUS, CZE, ESP and RUS.