For football fans, Rome has long been known as one of the strengths of football in Italy. The capital region has two major clubs named AS Roma and SS Lazio with a myriad of achievements that they have achieved to date. Although derived from the same area, but the rivalry between the two teams is very fierce. Uniquely amid such competition, it is precisely these two clubs use the same stadium to hold the match they are Stadio Olimpico. Olimpico a silent witness of the duel, both to maintain the pride and prestige, known as the Derby Della Capitalle.
Stadio Olimpico was originally built as a sports facility “Foro Italia” which is a project initiated by Mussolini’s regime. Construction of the stadium first performed in 1928 and completed in 1932. The second construction was suspended due to the outbreak of World War II, followed in December 1950. Stadio Olimpico officially opened on May 17, 1953 by holding a match between the Italian national team against Hungary. Stadio Olimpico into the main stadium of the 1960 Olympic Games and also hosted the 1968 European Cup event.
Stadio Olimpico underwent major changes when the Italian was appointed to host the World Cup in 1990. The massive renovation by redesigning the stadium and installation of roof were carried out. The amendment adds the stadium into a 74,000 seat capacity. Stadio Olimpico has also improved in 2007 to remain eligible to host the Champions League final match. Problems experienced by the manager of this stadium is very expensive maintenance because the stadium is too often used by the two clubs at the same time. In the mid-2000’s, Lazio plans to move to a new stadium, but until now the plan has not materialized. Another plan came from the Romans who wish to build a new stadium in the Tor di Valle.
If you want to watch the match at the Stadio Olimpico, you first need to choose for the match of AS Roma or SS Lazio. Tickets for the AS Roma game can be purchased online via Listicket or directly at Piazza Colonna and Via Appia 360 130. In addition, tickets are available also in ForoItalico Ticket Office near Stadio Olimpico. On the day of the match, tickets can be purchased at the ticket office Foro Italico until kickoff took place. Tickets for AS Roma rarely sold until exhausted, soit’s easy to get it. AS Roma have split their ticket into two categories, A and B. Tickets for games category B prices range from € 20.00 for a seat in the Curva Nord and € 95.00 for a seat in the main stand. Tickets for the game category A, more expensive with prices between € 30.00 to € 100.00.
While tickets for the SS Lazio can be purchased online via Listicket or directly at one of the stores Lazio Style 1900 and Lotto sales point Matica. Tickets can also be purchased directly at the shop Via Guglielmo Calderini 66 / C near Stadio Olimpico. The store is only open during the day of the match. Just like AS Roma, ticket for the Lazio rarely sold out so it is easy to obtain. Ticket prices depend on who the opponent will be faced, usually range from € 16.00 for a seat in CurvaSud and € 120.00 for a seat in the main stand. Besides these places ranges from € 35.00 to € 70.00.
Unfortunately, Stadio Olimpico doesn’t hold a special tour to explore the stadium. That is, if there is no match schedule, we can only see the stadium from the outside or walking in the complex around the Stadio Olimpico. The complex around the stadium named Foro Italico, the urban area by the river with a typical environment. Here you can try a variety of typical Italian foods and beverages such as espresso, gelato and pizza. Stadio Olimpico is located in the northern part of the City of Rome and is about 4 kilometers north of the Vatican. If you want to reach the stadium by car, we can follow the ring road and then take the exit N5 towards Flaminia. From there, just follow the signs Foro Italico. If using the bus, we can use the bus 32 from the Vatican at a stop Ottaviano. Then take the bus towards Tor DI Quinto and get off at the stop Stadio Tennis.