Italian football fans create intoxicating atmosphere at Serie A matches every week.
Known as tifosi (Italian for fans), perhaps this passion comes from their ancestors cheering on the gladiators of Rome as they fought to the death.
Whatever the case may be, the Serie A is a top contender if you’re looking to travel and attend a European soccer match. Below are the stadiums with the best atmosphere.
San Siro – AC Milan & Internazionale
The San Siro is one of the most iconic stadiums in the world and is also on my 5 Must Visit Football Stadiums in Europe list. There are talks that both AC Milan and Inter are looking for a new home. It would be a shame as the San Siro is such an amazing venue. Officially known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, it is one of the largest venues in Europe, seating 76,000 fans. Not only has it been the home of two great Serie A teams but it’s also hosted many World Cup and Champions League matches.
Allianz Stadium – Juventus
Juventus is one of the top teams in the world at the moment and their home ground is a representation of their greatness. A new venue built in 2011, Allianz Stadium is stunning and captures the incredible noise of 41,000 Juventus fans each week. It’s a large stadium that has an intimate feel. There’s not a bad seat in the house so the overall experience is simply fantastic.
Marassi – Genoa & Sampdoria
One of the older stadiums in Italy, Marassi was built in 1911 and is a classic footballing venue. The Italians have always had amazing creativity when it comes to fashion and architecture. Not only does it have an interesting history but it also has an incredible atmosphere. Genoa and Sampdoria have fanatical “Ultra” fan bases that make attending a game here an experience you won’t regret.
Stadio Olimpico – Lazio & Roma
The Stadio Olimpico, based in Rome was built in 1927, is the perfect venue for Italy’s capital. Lazio & Roma share this modern day colosseum each week. It has an old school design that can be used for many sporting events including rugby, football and the olympic games.
Stadio San Paolo – Napoli
Napoli loves their football. An example of this is during the 1990 World Cup Match between Italy and Argentina, the tifosi cheered for Argentina at the Stadio San Paolo because Maradona asked them too. The Stadio San Paolo is a beautiful venue. It’s a must visit if you’re looking for a passionate experience. Don’t forget to grab a delicious espresso before the match as Napoli is known for their amazing coffee.
Traveling to Europe to watch a soccer match should be on every itinerary. Next time you’re in Italy, check out these stadiums that have a phenomenal atmosphere.