Travel guide: Juventus
Juventus Stadium replaced the loathed Stadio Delle Alpi in 2011, providing an impressive backdrop worthy of a European leading light. The reigning Serie A champions are the most successful team in Italian football history, while holding the record number of Scudetti won at 33, and here’s how you can see the revered Old Lady in action.
Tickets can be purchased online at Listicket and via the club’s official website, by phone on +39 02 600 60 900, or at a Listicket sales point. It’s worth noting before you buy that you must be in possession of a ‘Tessera del Tifoso’ (Fan Card) to enter certain sections of the ground.
Juventus sell out their 41,254 capacity venue regularly, therefore booking in advance is advisable. Tickets tend to go on sale around two weeks before the match is due to take place.
Prices usually start at €30 per person for a seat behind one of the goals, ranging anywhere up to €90 for a central location along the side of the pitch.
If the match you wish to attend is already sold out, then you could try internet outlets such as Viagogo, though prices will almost certainly be higher than normal.
You can also experience a stadium tour and the J-Museum, costing €18 adults, €15 Under-16 or Over-65 and children under the age of six go free. More prices and timing information can be located online via the Juventus website, where tickets can be booked in advance for the museum only, or the tour and museum together.
The Turin Tourist Office provides a hotel and hostel booking service, while there are many good places to stay both in the city centre and closer to the venue.
The Hotel Master is a three-star establishment near to the stadium itself, and availability is usually plentiful even for bigger matches. Family-run Hotel Castello is also a superb location nearby, housed within a 17th-century building.
Hotel Residence Sporting is home to the Maffei Sports Centre, which boasts a pool, tennis courts and football pitches on-site.
Finally, the Grand Hotel Sitea is located in the city centre and offers a gourmet restaurant in classy surroundings. Central four-star dwelling Victoria is an elegant spa hotel. But, both represent pricier options than the others mentioned.
Turin Airport is approximately 16 kilometres (9.9 miles) to the north of the city centre, which represents a relatively short drive from the Juventus Arena. You can fly direct from the United Kingdom with various airlines from all of London’s main hubs, or on a one-stop alternative from your local airport.
On arrival, an express rail service costing €3.70 one way runs every 30 minutes into Dora train station just north of the city, with a journey time lasting 20 minutes.
A taxi to town from the airport will likely cost around €40 and takes half an hour. Car hire is also readily available.
Turin boasts majestic architecture, an elegant appearance and old-fashioned class, as well as two of Italy’s most celebrated football clubs in the shape of Juventus and Torino.
Not only is Turin the capital of the Piedmont region, but it was once the country’s capital city, and this is abundantly clear in its architecture.
Wander along Turin’s wide streets, with their beautiful arcades, which lead towards the Po river. Many palaces and gallerias galore along the way should satisfy the history buffs among you, while one of the city’s most celebrated relics, the Shroud of Turin, is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
The symbol of the city is the monument Mole Antonelliana, which currently houses the National Museum of Cinema. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Museum is considered second only in importance to the one in Cairo itself.
You should avoid tourist traps that can sometimes compromise quality and instead head for an authentic establishment that offers true Turin cuisine. Many of the city’s restaurants are small in size, so reservations are advised, especially if you’re part of a big group.
Eating chocolate as we know it today – in the form of bars and pieces – originated in Turin. The chocolate and hazelnut sauce, Gianduja, is a speciality.
There are many options that will give you great quality food at value-for-money prices, including Ristorante Consorzio, Solferino and Quanto Basta, plus many more.
The Murazzi, on the west bank between the bridges of Umberto I and Vittorio Emanuele I, provides the congregating area for a mixture of young locals. There aren’t any specifically Calcio-centric bars, but the likes of Alcatraz, Arcata 35 and Ole Madrid are all recommended.
Murphy’s (Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 28) is probably one of the most atmospheric venues for football fans to gather, with plenty of television screens to be viewed from any angle. Nearby resides the historic 1870 Huntsman, formerly known as the Tetley Huntsman, while the Isle of Skye public house next to Porta Susa station offers live Sky Sports.
Travelling to Juventus Stadium
Juventus Stadium (Corso Gaetano Scirea, 50, Torino) is located about 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) from the city centre and Turin’s main Porta Nuovo train station.
A special tram service (line 9) connects the stadium with Bernini Metro stop on the day of a game. Bernini can be reached on Metro line 1 from Turin train stations Porta Nuova and Porta Susa.
The stadium can be reached easily by bus when there is no match scheduled. From the city centre (Via 20 Settembre – Via Bertola) you can hop on bus 72 or 72B in the direction of Viale Bruno Sper. or Picco. Get off at the Stadio Alpi stop.
It lies just south of the Tangenziale ring road if you decide to drive instead. You will then need to take the Venaria exit from the northern section of the road.
Parking passes are available for every fixture. The only prerequisite is that you must already be in possession of a valid match ticket prior to making a reservation.
You can purchase a parking pass online through the club website or at the stadium on the day of the match, subject to availability.
At the stadium
It’s very important to remember that you must have an official document constituting identity, such as a passport, in addition to your match ticket when entering the stadium.
Be sure to check out the Juventus Store, which is the largest club shop in the entire country. Also, there’s an adjacent shopping centre named Area 12, which could be worth a look if you have plenty of time to kill.
The all-seater Juventus Stadium is a very modern venue, which is as beloved by fans as its predecessor was hated. It’s one of the very few club-owned stadia in Italy, while the proximity of the stands to the playing field – compared with the Delle Alpi – make for a wonderful atmosphere.
There’s barely an empty seat to be had at most fixtures, and the opportunity to witness Italian football’s finest within such salubrious surroundings is a fantastic experience to behold.
Hotel: €44-€159 per night
Flights: Starting at €85 return
Airport transfer: €7.40 return
Match ticket: €30-€90
Food: €5-€10 pizza or pasta, €4-€10 sandwich
Drinks: Cappuccino €2, Coke €3, Beer €5.50
Metro: €1.50 per trip