Rome, an eternal city for eternal memories...
Open up the gates of the Italian capital and all its secrets. With this football trip to Rome, you are on your way to discover one of the most mythical cities of the world. Rome is an absolute open-air museum! Mix it with an AS Roma home game at the legendary Stadio Olimpico of Rome, and you are now possibly treating yourself with the best of what can be experienced with a football trip.
For a weekend trip, trace history in the cradle of occidental civilization. Date is set for a visit to the Foro Romano. This area of Rome is gathering an amount of historic heritage that will leave you speechless. Explore the ruins of what once was the heart of the Ancient City of Rome. They are in a remarkable state of conservation! Freeze the time over a visit to what can be considered to be the ancestor of all the stadiums: the famous Colosseum (don’t miss it!). This monumental building is unique, and its architecture keeps inspiring modern stadium architects and builders still nowadays.
For an even deeper travel in history, head towards the Circo Massimo. A place where was once standing the roman racetrack. There are only a few traces left of it, but the well conserved proportions of what is now a major green area of Rome will have you enjoy your time there.
An open-air museum…
Let your appetite for architecture and history lead you to every corner of the city. Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain and the majestic Monument to Victor- Emmanuel II, to name but a few, will leave you in wonders! End in a blaze of glory with the discovery of the City of Vatican, its Sant’Angelo’s Castle and the famous Saint Peter’s Basilic, the most important building of the catholic religion and home of the Pope. If time allows it, make sure you get there on a Mass timing for an unforgettable moment, wether you are a religious person or not…
The other religion in Rome : football
Before taking the path that will lead you to the Foro Italico and its Stadio Olimpico, some mural hunting in Rome will let you unveil some unexpected places of the Italian capital city. Go ahead and look for the Francesco Totti portrait mural, hero of the city, or search for the other legendary mural of Il Capitano pointing the sky with his finger. You could even be led to the even more surprising discovery of the Jose Mourinho’s mural, riding a Vespa. This piece, in honor of the current gialorossi’s manager is visible in the Testaccio neighborhood.
Your parade to the Stadio Olimpico of Rome will continue surprising and amazing you every step of the way. But don’t forget where your final pilgrimage of this trip will take place!
Your football trip to Rome takes you to this giant. With its 72,000 seats, the Stadio Olimpico is impressive. This is where your stay will reach its peak.
The Olimpico is a colossal piece of architecture with, admittedly, a special charm. The roof structure adds a considerable design touch and gives height to this Colosseum 2.0.
On the inside, you would think to be facing a major problem with the athletics track which takes the pitch away from the stands and therefore from the spectators… But on match days, the feeling is quite different. The Stadio Olimpico is far from being empty despite its vastness, and the overexcited atmosphere propels you into the heart of the show!
The Olimpico has the particularity to be hosting the two main clubs of the city, and eternal rivals : AS Roma and Lazio for their respective home games all along the season. AS Roma is without a doubt the most popular club of the city. And you can’t be more sure of it until you get to the stadium. The giallorossi are a big title contender in the Italian Serie A, and therefore gathers many rivals. Enough to offer many prestigious games along the season.
Derby della Capitale
Twice a year, every roman will have their eyes riveted on the Stadio Olimpico. The clashes between Lazio and AS Roma are not only games. The stakes concern much more than just what is on the field. On this occasion, the clubs are playing for the supremacy over the city and Rome is literally torn in two. On game day, both fanbases are present at the Olimpico to cheer for their team, which is not so common anymore everywhere in the world. It adds to the uniqueness of the Derby della Capitale and makes it even more lively and passionate.
The Olimpico is naturally sold out on those derby nights. While witnessing a new chapter of the Rome Derby, chants, pyro shows, tifos and many more are the many animations one can enjoy there, on the occasion of this always so special fixture.
As you can well imagine, the derby is an excellent reason to take a football trip to Rome, and the many other prestigious fixtures often don’t have nothing to envy to it. Here in Rome, you won’t run out of occasions to satisfy your thirst for football adventures!
They talk about it best :
These bloggers and stadium fans tell you about their stadium experience at the San Siro!
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