Top 10 Italian stadiums
Italian stadiums are often a cause for concern as outdated facilities owned by the council hurt clubs' finances while empty seats give a poor image of the game to an international audience.
However, the peninsula still plays host to a number of stadiums which can generate an incredible atmosphere and provide spectators with unforgettable experiences.
They may not be the best architecturally in objective terms, but here at 10 of the most enjoyable, atmospheric and charming stadiums in Italy.
9- Stadio Nereo Rocco, Triestina
This 28,565 seater stadium is a relatively modern construction which was opened in 1992. Trieste has been named as the world’s most underrated tourist destination although as the home of Triestina, the Stadio Nereo Rocco doesn’t see much glory seeing as the Rossobianco have slid down into Serie D and falling attendances led the club to take the bizarre step of filling the stands with cardboard supporters on occasion.
The stadium is close to the pitch and fully covered by distinctive sloping roofs. The stadium probably deserves better than the football it currently hosts and Italy haven’t played in Trieste since 2002. Cagliari and Udinese have both played in the stadium in Serie A while their own grounds underwent renovation. It would be great to see such a good facility host top flight football again although it will likely be a long time coming.