Pirlo, a man of few words, said he always wanted to play at the arena regarded as the spiritual home of Brazilian football.
"I hope to celebrate well, the Maracana is the dream of every boy," he told reporters on the eve of the Group B match. "I'm happy and ready for a great Confederations Cup."
Italy have not beaten Mexico for 20 years, having drawn twice and lost once since their 2-0 win in Florence in 1993.
"We are very excited to play in a mythical stadium, something we have all dreamed about," said Prandelli.