If you’re a football fan planning a trip to Italy you may want to visit the three sport venues listed below:
1. San Siro – Milan
There’s no where like this in the whole world. The home of two of the biggest football clubs, Inter Milan and AC Milan, The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza di San Siro, as it’s fully known, is proud to boast one of the best atmospheres in any stadium in the world. On a usual weekend in the ground you will be glared at by flares, flags and fans of all ages. It is a real sight to be seen.
Originally opened in 1926, it has always prided itself on packing in the crowds. Before the age of all-seated stadiums, it reached a peak of 150,000 in the 1940s. Nowadays it seats around 85,000, with Inter fans one weekend and Milan fans the next. The steep arrangement of the seats and the closeness to the pitch make the San Siro one of the most electric places to watch a football game and the likes of the great 2006 clash between the two Milan football teams that ended 4-3 to Inter are proof of such.
2. Stadio Olimpico – Rome
There have been some pretty historic moments in the great Olimpico, which is home to the great Roman clubs AS Roma and Lazio. Built in 1952, the stadium quickly found itself at the forefront of the world when it housed the 1960 Olympic Games. The 72,000 capacity is adorned with a wide circular roof and stands that stretch back as one rather than in blocks of tiers. The running track around the touch line sometimes makes for some distance between fan and player, but the atmosphere isn’t deterred by such and every weekend the locals around Lazio Via di Santa Cornelia are more than aware of a game being played. It was also the site of much of the 1990 World Cup including the final.
3. Stadio Delle Alpi – Turin
More former that current, it’s fair to say that the home of the great Italian teams Juventus and Torino was not the most loved of places to watch a football match. The reason it’s being talked about in the past tense is because it’s closed for business now, having only lasted 18 years. Those 18 years were quite something though which is why it’s getting mentioned here.
Although it always guaranteed some of the finest standards of play and is worth a mention for being such an ambitious project, the view was never the best in the world and it was a bit of a white elephant. In the late eighties the previous stadium in Turin was the Stadio Comunale but with the World Cup looming and the size not being big enough, a new ground was needed so the Delle Alpi was rushed into production. Home fans got the best seats and therefore the best views but guests at the stadium often complained about the poor visibility.
Photo of football game at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy by lazymood