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what other sport can be as popular as football in Italy? I've never seen such passionate fans in my life :-) supporters of different teams can be best friends in life, but when it comes to a game... it's impossible to describe. you just have to see it. I was lucky to see fantastic match between Roma and Milan. even more than game itself, you enjoy atmosphere on the STadio Olimpico.
Tickets for ASRoma games at Stadio Olimpico
Hi, you can buy tickets for AS Roma games from official AS Roma stores. I have bought them from
Piazza Colonna n°360 - Roma Tel. 06.6786514 and
Via Appia Nuova n°130 - Roma Tel. 06.77590656
other stores listed on the AS Roma web pages are
*Via Vincenzo Cesati n°76-80 - Roma Tel. 06.25204327
Via di Torrevecchia n°126 - Roma Tel. 06.35506460
Piazza B. Cairoli, n°119 - Roma Tel. 06.68.809775
*Via Sestio Calvino, n°26-30 - Roma Tel. 06.71072033
*Centro Commerciale "DIMA" - Roma Tel. 06.87133905
Via G. Govone, n° 25-27 - Roma Tel. 06.43252466
Via Valsesia, n° 9-11 - Roma Tel. 06.88644969
Via Santa Maria n° 95/A - Nettuno (Rm) Tel. 06.9882800
Centro Commerciale "Le Palme" - Tivoli Terme Tel. 0774.374304
Stazione Trastevere - Roma Tel. 06.5836761
You need ID to buy the tickets.
Roma and Lazio
Despite what I wrote under the "Warning/Danger"-section watching a football game in Rome is still an incredible experience. If you're just able to cope with the ticket problems, the useless organisation and the stupid new security laws - you'll have a great time at Stadio Olimpico.
In Rome there are two clubs in the first division (Serie A), Roma and Lazio. Both have had their share of both victories and losses. Lazio won lo scudetto in 1999/2000 (when swede Sven-Göran Eriksson was their manager) and Roma won it the next year.
After that both clubs have had economical problems, huge ones, and both still even have. Lazio will pay back their tax debts during the next 23 years, while Roma has been close to be sold plenty of times during the last years. Now it seems though as if the owner family Sensi has decided to keep the club.
Roma's big son is Francesco Totti, the man the italians love to hate or hate to love. Or just love to love, if you're a Roma-supporter.
The Lazio substitute for him was Alessandro Nesta, but he took off to Milan in 2002, mostly due to the economical problems in the club. After that came Paolo di Canio, who is more crazy than Totti loves to fall to get easy free kicks... After last season he left the club and now plays for another Rome club in the lower divisions.
Roma is the team with the biggest support. They have around 40 000 season ticket holders and the supporters in the Curva Sud always gives the team a fantastic support.
Well, at least as long as their are winning. But then the support is great.
Roma supporters are probably those in the world who mostly changes after the result. If Roma is in a winning period, they can bring 10 000 people to an away game in Milan. If they have had a string of bad result they are hardly 100 supporters in Siena...
Equipment: The Lazio supporters, led by the infamous group Irriducibili, stands in the Curva Nord. The amount of supporters are less than Roma, and they have also a lot less season ticket holders.
Despite this the atmosphere at the Lazio games are mostly really really good, specially now since the curva has decided to start singing again.
During 3/4 of the season they have sat down silent, in protest against the Lazio president Claudio Lotito. They still don't support him, but now at least they sing for the club again.
There are unfortunately quite often crowd troubles in Rome, so the first thing you shouldn't wear is something in the same colour as the away team has.
Be as neutral as possible is always a good tip.
Tickets are no longer sold at the stadium on matchdays (thank you, stupid italian politicians...), so to get one you have to be in the city at least a day before the game is played. You can either buy a ticket in a Lottomatica-machine (which I still haven't been able to figure out what it is...) or in a Roma/Lazio store.
You need to bring your passport, as tickets in Italy nowadays are personal and with your name on.
At Via Farini, close to Termini, you'll find a Lazio store. And I'm quite sure there is a Roma shop close to the station too.
Ticket prices goes from 100 euro down to 15. My tip is, if you aren't used to seeing games in Italy, is to get a ticket at Tribuna Tevere (the long side of the stadium) or Tribuna Monte Mario. There you'll be as safe as possible, but still be able to take in the fantastic atmosphere.
Games against Milan, Inter and Juventus are the biggest, except for the derby between the two teams of course. Often sold out to all these games, so make sure to get your ticket far in advance!
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Tickets for Roma and Lazio
After searching for hours for a Lottomatica kiosk to buy tickets we found one around the corner from the hotel we were staying (Starhotels Michelangelo). Its situated on Via Di Porta Cavalleggri with the junction of Via Delle Fornaci and tickets for Laio V Samporia in the curva nord cost 15 euros each (you will need to take your passport for ID).
To get to the stadium take the number 32 bus from Piazza del Risorgimento and after 5-10 minutes you'll see the stadium on your left hand side.
Pick up one of the free papers outside the stadium as you'll need something to sit on as the seats are scruffy.
Two Football Teams
Rome football fans have two teams to rout for: Roma and Lazio. Formed in 1927 by the merger of various local sides (Lazio opted out), Associazione Sportiva Roma traditionally draw most of their support from within the city. Thus while surrounding areas are staunchly blue-and-white, Rome itself frequently gives the impression of being a one-team city. Gruff wrinkled market-traders and bartenders carefully pin up pictures of hero Totti, while middle-aged and elderly women recently mobbed Batistuta and Roma colleagues at a theatre in the city.
Since the team's creation Roma have won the scudetto three times, the most recently being the 2000-2001 season when the partying lasted weeks and the entire city turned giallorosso. The mass celebrations around town and in the ancient chariot arena, Circo Massimo, have already passed into legend.
Lazio was founded as an athletic club in January 1900, and Lazio fans are immensely proud of their heritage, which pre-dates many of the other modern clubs. With accuracy as well as pride Laziali call their team 'the first team of the capital.' The golden seasons, 1998-2000, saw the celebration of Lazio's centenary. Led by local hero, captain Nesta, the team suddenly saw the shelves fill with silverware. Best of all, they won their coveted second scudetto in 1999/2000.
See Totti LIVE!
If you get a chance to go to the Olympic Stadium in Rome, be sure to go! It's a chance not to be missed. I had the opportunity to go and watch a match between Rome and Siena. Although it wasn't the best match....at least I got to finally see Totti play LIVE and spend a day with the best boy ever!
Equipment: Don't bring any extra stuff with you because it might get confiscated or you might not be allowed entry into the stadium.
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A.S. Roma is the most important soccer team of Rome. It has more than 2 millions supporters in Italy and its most representative player is Francesco Totti. They play every other week-end (Italian Serie A matches) at the Olympic Stadium of Rome and during the week (European Cups matches) from late August to late May.
To go and watch these matches its an incredible event, wether you are an A.S. Roma supporter or not. Its supporters are super hot and funny.
Equipment: To go watch games you have to go to the Olympic Stadium and you should buy tickets (online also) with a good advance. Costs between 10 and 200 Euros. You can buy scarfs or t-shirts or flags everywhere. It's a safe place, but 80.000+ people go to matches everytime, so, just don't bring a fortune with you!
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We went to see Lazio v Atalanta at the Olymipico stadio. Its in a lovely area.
Its easier to get tickets for Lazio than Roma, the good thing is one of them will always be playing at home, so if you really fancy some footy, then you should have no problems.
SOCCER IN ROME
Italians are football crazy and Rome has some of the most passionate fans . There are 2 football clubs in Rome and they share the Olympic stadium. Roma who play in Dark red and Lazio who play in sky blue.
La passione per il calcio!
the first thing you have to do when you are in italy is to reserve your ticket to one of the soccer game that are held each saturday and sunday, on my first day in rome i searched for like an hour for the AS roma store in order to get tickets to the Roma vs. Inter game at the stadio olimpico, one of the biggest stadiums in italy.
Equipment: YOU NEED TICKETS!! tickets for matches between Roma and other teams are often sold at some of the official AS Roma stores in rome (not all of them sell tickets, you have to check their website www.asroma.it ), on my first day in rome i went for the search for tickets for the game between Rome and Inter, i was told that the tickets were sold at the As Roma store in piazza colonna in via del corso (a very famous street in rome) , in order to get to the stadio olimpico from termini station you have to take bus number 910 get off at the final stop piazza mancini, then you'll see it on ur left, cross the bridge and thats it. the stadium area is really nice especially in the evening, if you are on a tight budget get tickets for curva nord, the cheapest section in the stadium but be careful of angry crowds, if you can afford to pay more buy tickets for the distinti section which was filled with tourists the time when i was there it was much safer than the curva nord, the ticket cost 25 euros
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Lazio Roma is one of two teams in Rome, the other being As Roma. Lazio plays their games in the Olympic Stadium. The stadium 's offical name is the Stadio Olimpico of Rome and seats 81,903
It was built in 1952 ahead of the 1960 Olympics. It hosted the 1990 World Cup of Football.
We in the USA defnitely do not have the appreciation of soocer (futbol), that almost every other country in the world has. Italy is definitely one of those countries that loves its soccer. All of Italy's good teams play in the Seria A (Series A). Just like our baseball teams, they have a "minor league system, Seria B, etc. But, unlike our baseball farm system, its not players who can leave the lower team, its the whole TEAM that can be moved up or down leagues based on their performance. Of course, players can, and do, switch teams, just like in the USA.
Oh yeah, and they make BIG bucks too....
Are you an AS Roma Fan?
In Rome there are three AS ROMA stores selling paraphanelia everything from keychains to Totti Swatches.
Here are the locations:
** piazza colonna 360
***via appia nuova 130
****Cola di Rienzo 136
From their website (listed below) you can also buy tickets - but it never seems to work.
Serie A Il Calcio a Roma!
This is only for hardcore tifosi (read: fans) of il Calcio. Two of the biggest teams in Italian Serie A football are based here in Rome.
- AS Roma
- SS Lazio
** Please click on the links above if you wish to know more about these 2 rival Serie A football clubs **
From September until late May, you can catch the city's two teams, AS ROMA and LAZIO, battling it out with rival teams in Serie A nearly every weekend at the Stadio Olimpico.
Awards at stake:
- The Scudetto (read: Serie A Championship),
- The Coppa Italia (read: Italian Cup)
- If Roma or Lazio manage to come within the top 4 best clubs for the season in Serie A, they will gain a place in the Champion's League.
And no... I'm not a Roma or Lazio tifosi. My favorite football team is based in Milan. ;-p Yes, the team where Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko, Alessandro Nesta and now, Kaka play in. Yes, AC Milan.
Note to AS Roma & Lazio Tifosi: Please don't hate me for supporting Milan....
Photo: The most recognizable man in Rome and all of Italy... who can't walk out of his front door in Rome without having hysterical women tearing at his shirt. Yes, that's Francesco Totti for you. The Captain of AS Roma.
Football in Roma!!!
As I observed Roma is divided in two...8)) Fans of Roma and fans of Lazio... I remember we took a taxi and the taxi driver was crazy about A.S. Roma and his taxi was full of flags, photos and sticks of Roma team...
For going on surviving we never said a word about Lazio... 8))
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