Home to two of Rome’s world-famous soccer (calcio) clubs, Stadio Olimpico is located in the Foro Italico to the north of the city center. The teams that play here are AS Roma and SS Lazio, renowned for their intense rivalry as they both play in the Serie A top division of Italian football. Internationally capped players and household names currently playing for these teams include defender Ashley Cole for Roma and midfielder Lucas Biglia for Lazio.
Football is a national obsession in Italy and home matches between these two teams are the greatest highlights of the Roman soccer year; tickets sell out quickly and emotions run high at their derbies. Generally, however, Italian football fans behave pretty well at most soccer matches, with a background of good-natured bantering and chanting. Matches last 90 minutes in two halves, with the season running from August to May. Lazio players dress in sky blue and white, the Roma boys play in a gold and dark red strip with white shorts.
The Stadio Olimpico was completed in the early 1950s and seats 72,698 in its four stands; it played a major role in the 1960 Olympics and during the World Cup in 1990.
Piazzale del Foro Italico, 00135 Roma. Tickets for AS Roma matches can be bought online or at the stores in Piazza Colonna 360 and Via Appia Nuova 130. Lazio tickets are purchased online or from the Lazio Style 1900 store at Via Guglielmo Calderini 66/C. Prices range between €16 and €120, depending on match and position in the stands. The easiest way to get there is by metro Line A from Piazza del Popolo to Flaminio, and then Tram 2 to the stadium.