Lazio have some of the most fanatical fans in Serie A and a trip to the Stadio Olimpico to watch the Biancocelesti in action should be high on the list for fans of Calcio. With two Scudetti, six Coppa Italia titles and a European Cup Winners’ Cup to their name, Le Aquile are no strangers to success on the field.
The Stadio Olimpico itself is steeped in history. After construction began in 1928, it hosted its first international game between Italy and Hungary in 1953. It served as the centrepiece of the 1960 Olympics and was the principal venue for the 1968 and 1980 European Championships.
Perhaps the biggest event hosted at the now 74,000 seated stadium was the 1990 World Cup final while four Champions League [European Cup] finals have also been played out in the capital venue.
Tickets for Lazio home game can be purchased through their official ticket vendor website. Otherwise, you can buy them from a number of lottery outlets that are situated throughout the city. Look out for signs advertising: biglietti, calcio, Serie A, SS Lazio.
There is also more information at Pronto Lazio with the e-mail address been firstname.lastname@example.org and the Pronto Lazio number is: (+39) 06 32 37 333.
You must take formal ID with you to buy the ticket, passport for each person wishing to go is your best bet. Your names will be printed on the ticket and checked at the stadium before entry is allowed.
Prices vary depending on the game, with matches against local rivals Roma and the other grade A sides, Inter, Juventus and AC Milan ranging from €35 in the Curva Nord or Curva Distinti to €150 in the Tribuna Centrale.
Both are centrally located and Hotel Twenty One is just a ten minute walk to Piazzale Flaminio where you can get the tram number two that will bring you to its terminus at the Piazza Mancini which is just a short walk from the Stadio Olimpico.
Also another great option is to rent an apartment for your stay in Rome with Airbnb been a fantastic website for finding a range of places to stay for all types of budgets.
Rome is served by two main airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino with the former to the west of the city and the latter to the south. Ryanair serves Ciampino daily and great deals can be found if booked well in advance.
Rome is my favourite city in Italy and has some fantastic sightseeing trips to keep you busy before and after the big game. The red bus tour is a great way of getting around the city to catch all the sights and tickets can be booked online before you head over.
I would recommend a trip to the Colosseum, Trevi fountain, Circus Maximus, Spanish steps and Vatican City during your stay and while you are at the Colosseum a guided tour around the outskirts of that area is also worthwhile.
There are some great places to eat and drink around Rome with good value to be had away from the main tourist traps. Likeat on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is a great place for pizza/fastfood/sandwiches while La Gelateria Frigidarium on Via del Governo Vecchio is great for ice cream/pancakes etc.
Scholars Irish bar on Via Del Plebiscito is a great spot for live sport/drink/food and highly recommend.
Traveling to the Stadio Olimpico
As I mentioned before from the city centre take the number two tram at Piazzale Flaminio. The tram stops are just outside Piazza del Popolo (through the grand archway and across the road) and around the corner from Flaminio Metro station.
At the Stadio Olimpico
Just make sure you have your ticket and I.D ready before you head into the stadium as you will not gain access without both.
If you would like to purchase some merchandise there will be lots of stalls selling club flags, scarfs, t-shirts etc outside the ground. A scarf costs around €10 with unofficial Lazio shirts around €30.
A bit of haggling might work especially after the game!
If you plan on going to the derby against Roma stick with the Lazio fans when leaving the stadium as I saw two Roma fans stray away from their end into oncoming Lazio fans and the result was a bit volatile.
Just use common sense because the derby day experience is fantastic.
Hotel/Apartment: One Night – €70-€180
Flights: €100-€200 return (depending on time of year/day(s) of flights)
Airport Transfer: €6-€15 Shuttle bus/Train, €40 Taxi
Food: €6-€15 Pizza (depending where, city centre expensive around tourist spots)
Drink: Beer €4-€10, Tea/Coffee €3-€5
Transport: €4 for 24 hour [metro, buses], €11 three day [metro, buses]