The Turin Winter Olympics has already broken one record, that of having the world's tallest cauldron which will hold the Olympic flame.
The design was conceived by Pininfarina SpA, best known for its Ferrari SpA sports-car designs.
It is 57 metres high, and cost $2.1M.
The flame will be lit at today's opening ceremony, which will be attended by the U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
The opening pageant, whose theme is "Passion, Dynamism and Italianism", will involve 6,100 costumes and more than 100 kilometres of electric cables.
The event will be staged around a traditional Italian piazza.
The opening ceremony is expected to be sold out, and attended by 35,000 people. However, 265,000 tickets still are unsold out of the 1 million available.