Marcello Lippi has said the work begins now for Italy's defence of their title after finishing their qualification campaign with a surprising fightback.
Switzerland and Slovakia seized Europe's last two automatic berths in South Africa, while Portugal, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine made the play-offs.
Italy trailed 2-0 at home to Cyprus, but Alberto Gilardino scored three times in the last 15 minutes to complete a 3-2 victory for the world champions.
Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia head into Wednesday's final qualifiers hoping to claim the two remaining direct tickets to South Africa.
Italy have qualified for South Africa 2010 and will start the competition amongst the favourites, but this was far from a comfortable cruise to the finals.
Italy, Germany, Denmark and Serbia all sealed their places at South Africa 2010 with positive results during Saturday's nervy round of qualifiers.