Stadio Olimpico – home of the last roman gladiator
The Stadio Olimpico Roma is home of two clubs – A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio. It’s located north of the city center at the address Viale del Gladiatori, 00135 Roma, Italy. Its capacity is 72.698 seats. Construction work began in 1927. In its first stages, the Stadio Olimpico was called the Stadio dei Cipressi. The construction of first tier was completed in 1932.
Construction on second tier began in 1937 but due to second World War constructions were resumed at the end of 1950. At that time stadium reached a capacity of about 100.000 people and was known as Stadio dei Centomila. In 1960 it was renamed to Olympics. The stadium was opened on 17th of May 1953 with a football game between Italy and Hungary.
During the 1960 Summer Olympics stadium capacity decreased to 65.000 seats. For purpose of World cup in 1990 Olimpico underwent an extensive renovation. At the end of restructuring and roofing of the stadium Olimpico had capacity of 82.911 seats. For purpose of 2009 UEFA Champions League final which was held in Rome and to conform UEFA standards, stadium went under another restyling in 2008 which ended with another reduction of seats to the current capacity of 72.698 and is distributed as follows:
- Tribuna Monte Mario – 16.555
- Tribuna Tevere – 16.397
- Distinto Sud Ovest – 5.747
- Distinto Sud Est – 5.637
- Distinto Nord Ovest – 5.769
- Distinto Nord Est – 5.597
- Curva Sud – 8.486 (Curva Sud is also a home of A.S. Roma ultras)
- Curva Nord – 8.520 (Curva Nord is a home of S.S. Lazio ultras)
We can’t talk about Stadio Olimpico and Rome without mentioning living legend, last football romantic and last roman gladiator – Francesco Totti. Totti is not just a captain of the A.S. Roma team where he plays for past 24 years or better his whole football career, he’s also a living symbol and a hart of the team. For him, all that matters is A.S. Roma, not him, not the money, not the glory but honor and his club.
He’s seventh highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 312 goals. He’s also a 2006 World Cup winner and Euro 200 finalist with Italy. He won many prestige awards, among other European golden shoe in 2007. He’s most popular footballer in Europe and the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions Leaguse history, aged 38 years and 59 days. He’s the second highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 247 goals. And for the end one more interesting fact, between age 35 to 39 he scored 40 goals!! Francesco Totti one and only, RESPECT!
Directions to stadium
Stadio Olimpico is located towards the north of Rome at about 4 kilometres north of Vatican City. It is situated within the Foro Italico sports complex.
Rome’s principal airport, Fiumicino (also called Leonardo da Vinci airport of Rome), lies 30km south of the city and connects to the city’s major train station Termini by regular hourly trains. A train ride to Anagnina metro station and then a tram gets fans to the stadium from Ciampino, the second airport, which lies 12km south east of the city.
There are no metro stations close to the stadium, but it is rather easy to reach by tram or bus. Tram 2 passes the stadium on the other side of the river and can be taken from metro stop Flaminio on line A, which is close to the Villa Borghese gardens and Piazza del Popolo. Take the tram in the direction of Mancini and get off at stop Mancini. You can also take bus no. 32 just north of Vatican City at metro stop Ottaviano. Take the bus in the direction of Tor di Quinto and get off at stop Stadio Tennis. Or if you’re near the Castel Sant’Angelo or metro Lepanto you can take bus no. 280. Take the bus in the direction of Mancini and get off at stop Stadio Tennis.
To get to the stadium by car, first make your way to the Rome ringroad (G.R.A.), and then take exit N5 towards Flaminia. From there follow the signs to Foro Italico.
Tickets for A.S. Roma matches can be bought online via Listicket, by phone or in person at one of the A.S. Roma stores (of which the one at Piazza Colonna 360 is most centrally located), or at the Foro Italico Ticket Office near Stadio Olimpico. On the day of the match tickets can be bought at the Foro Italico Ticket Office until kickoff. Tickets prices can depend on the opponent, but typically range from 35,00€ for a seat at the Curva Sud to 200,00€ for a central seat at the main stand. Other seats at the sides tend to cost between 45,00€ and 100,00€.
Tickets for S.S. Lazio matches can be bought online via Listicket , by phone or in person at one of the Lazio Style 1900 stores. The store at Via Guglielmo Calderini 66/C is located closest to the Stadio Olimpico and is opened on the day of the match from 5 hours before start of the game. Tickets prices can depend on the opponent, but typically range from 20,00€ for a seat at the Curva Nord to 200,00€ for a central seat at the main stand. Other seats at the sides tend to cost between 30,00€ and 90,00€.
Just remember, for buying a ticket you have to have a valid ID card with you.
Where to eat, drink and sleep?
Stadio Olimpico is located towards the north of Rome at about 4 kilometres north of Vatican City. It is situated within the Foro Italico sports complex along the river Tiber. Foro Italico sports complex is grandiose Fascistera sports complex, commissioned by Mussolini and built between 1928 and 1938 which means it has a few architecturally interesting structures.
Hotel Farnesina, located just 5-min walk form Ponte Milvio and the Tiber River, is popular choice with the visitors. And with a lower budget and 50,00€ average price per night per person you can stay at Roman Holidays at Vatican City which is located 2.5 km from Foro Italico. Here you can find more hotels near Foro Italico. If you wish to stay in city center you can find more hotels here.
If you decide to do something different like go to gladiator school or experience how a Roman emperor lived at Hadrian’s villa or just simply bathe at Hydromania check the article about 35 things you can do in Rome.