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Rome has two football (soccer) teams, Roma (www.asromacalcio.it) and Lazio (www.sslazio.it). Roma play in red and yellow and Lazio in blue and white, and they share the 80,000 seat Stadio Olimpico, north of the Vatican, for home games. When they play each other the rivalry is palpable, and tickets for important games sell out quickly.
If you would like to go to a game tickets can be bought either from www.listicket.it, or from the teams' official merchandising stores. Tickets vary dramatically in price, even the cheaper ones offer a reasonable view. And bear in mind the Curva (the curve, behind the goal), is where the hardest-bitten of fans congregate, and where it gets noisiest. If you would prefer not to be in the middle of the action, and to actually sit down, go for the more expensive tribune. Tickets are personal and non-transferable, when buying them you will need the names and dates of birth of anyone else you are buying tickets for. You will need to take photo ID to the stadium on the day of the match.
For tickets and official merchandise:
AS Roma Store, Piazza Colonna 360, www.asromastore.it.
Original Fans Lazio, Via Farini 34 (near Termini).
Over the last decade, since Italy joined the Six Nations Rugby Championship, the game has become ever more popular. Home games are played at the intimate Stadio Flaminio (capacity 24,000), on Viale Tiziano, north of Piazzale Flaminio. For tickets see www.federugby.it. The local rugby side is RDS Roma, who play league matches at the Stadio Tre Fontane (Metro: EUR Magliana).
Plans are afoot for the creation of a Formula 1 Grand Prix in Rome, set to get going in 2012. The circuit will wend its way through the wide streets of EUR, south of the city centre. After a buzz of discussion at the end of 2009, all has gone quiet on the subject. So will it actually happen? That's anyone's guess.