Adrian Mutu starred as Novara and Cesena drew 2-2 in an entertaining friendly, while Fiorentina struggled.
While many players are off on international duty around the world, some Serie A sides took part in friendly tests today.
Novara and Cesena played out a fiery four-goal thriller that saw the hosts get a strong start.
Summer signing Mutu opened the scoring within four minutes, then Pablo Granoche nodded in the equaliser for Novara.
Mutu completed his brace to restore Novara's advantage, but less than 60 seconds it was all even again thanks to Andrea Mazzarani.
Fiorentina struggled to see off local side Isola Liri 2-1, though with the internationals out they reshuffled to use Marco Marchionni as a centre-forward.
Brazilian newcomer Romulo was the star of the show, as he bagged a brace in the first half.