Artemio Franchi Stadium
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JCVH
Scotland, UK477 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo

Having grown up in the golden age of Channel 4's Football Italia coverage of Serie A, it was hard not to have a soft spot for Fiorentina. The purple strip, always made by companies like Lotto and Fila that seemed so exotic, the sponsors (7up, and Ice Cream Company then Nintendo) and players like Gabriel Batistuta and Rui Costa...no matter what side you chose as your favourite, nobody could ever truly dislike Fiorentina.

As such, when touring Italian football grounds, their home, the Stadio Artemio Franchi, became one of my 'must-see' spots. Over the years I've actually now visited it a few times and have a pretty good gauge on the matchday experience there.

Located a little out of the city centre, about ta 30 minute walk from the main train station (there is actually one of the smaller Florence stations right next to it but I've never sussed to how to use that to my advantage) the Artemio Franchi is, as with most Italian stadia, council owned and rented by the club. Holding around 44,000 spectators it also stands as one of the more modestly sized ones.

Being one of Italy's few one-team-cities, this can mean that securing a ticket can be slightly trickier than in many of the country's contemporary tourist favourites. Bafflingly the Fiorentina club shop in the city centre doesn't actually sell tickets, nor does the one located near the stadium. Indeed the only place I have found that sells tickets is in a small building almost reminiscent of a social club frequented by supporters that has a small ticket office. Located at pretty much the opposite end of the stadium from the city, Fiorentina like to make you walk! Please note that as with any ground in Italy, you will require ID to prove your name along the lines of a Passport.

In the lead-up to the stadium there are a healthy selection of stalls selling a combination of food and drink and also merchandise, some official, some non. This is one thing I like about the majority of Italian stadiums, makes it feel very old school.

Once in the ground, first built in the 30s, last subject to renovation for the 1990 World Cup, I'll be honest I never really took any stock of the catering options, but I imagine they'll be the the standard Italian options of rolls, nuts, soft drinks and beers.

The actual stadium itself is actually relatively well maintained for its age, albeit you do have to accept that it is old fashioned. One thing it does have going for it, which is somewhat uncommon in Italy, is a lack of a running track, meaning you are a lot closer to the action. also rather unusual is the complete lack of any cover on any of the stands. At first glance this may not sound that huge an issue in a sunny country, but I can assure you that it does rain in Tuscany, and it can also pour. This aside, it also presents another issue in that when it is, as you'd expect from Florence, gloriously sunny...that sun is beating down on you for 90 minutes. I've picked up some cracking sunburn in this stadium.

While the slightly smaller capacity and the trickiness to get tickets sometimes can seem like a negative, it isn't actually without its silver lining. I mean this as should you manage to get a ticket, there is significantly less chance of being faced with a hollow atmosphere in a cavernous, too big for purpose stadium as you may find at the San Siro or the Olimpico. The fact Fiorentina have a passionate support, mainly housed in their Curva Nord ensure that there is rarely a dull day at the Artemi Franchi regardless of the game in question.

As mentioned above, being a council owned stadium sadly there is nothing to see relating to la Viola on non-matchdays besides the aforementioned store, which to be honest stocks identical merchandise to the city centre one.

With this said, if in town when the home team are playing, I'd definitely recommend a trip to the Artemio Franchi providing you go with the right set of expectations: This isn't a massive, modern super-stadium, and as such don't expect one. Instead soak up some real atmosphere in a classic stadium.

I actually feel like I'm being harsh only giving this 3 out of 5. I've thoroughly enjoyed every game I've been to here, and thoroughly recommend it to any football fans visiting this lovely city, but I am rating the actual stadium itself at heart, and the exposure to the elements means it isn't one of the most ideal unless the weather sits right.

I still love those purple shirts though. Batigol's hair too.
Written August 15, 2019
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Mark C
Southampton, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
Relatively centrally located in Florence. Walkable from city centre hotels, train station. Noisy atmosphere (until 1-4 down!) Lack of pubs around ground probably wouldn't suit a lot of British visitors - probably best to have your beer in Florence and then walk from there. Good club shop at normal extortionate prices, market in Florence has lots of cheaper options for scarves, hats, shirts etc.
Written March 5, 2018
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Philip H
Gothenburg, Sweden819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Stadio Artemio Franchi is a soccer stadion in Florence i Italien. It's the home arena for the Serie A-club ACF Fiorentina. The stadion was built in 1931 and was renovated in 1990 and takes 47 282 persons. It looks a bit shabby but as I have not been to any other stadion in Italy if Stadio Artemio Franchi is unusually shabby.
Written January 1, 2018
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travelz
Rabat, Malta209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went there without tickets and stadium staff were very helpful to guide us to were we can buy the tickets and we got great poltronissima tickets at a good price.

Nice stadium overall with a different concept of stalls in the stadium.
Written March 14, 2020
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TNTKKR
Chicago, IL40 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Family
We obtained tickets through Sports Events 365 they were E$55 each - not cheap!! And we had 7 people. The event was ACF Fiorentina vs Inter at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy on Sun, 05 Oct. Not only did we have to go to a BAR to pick up the tickets - we had to show our passports several times to get the tickets - to get in - and to find out seat. Once you get there - YOU DO NOT HAVE A SEAT! Your seat is taken on a first come first serve basis in your section. There were several American and London people that we saw trying to find their seat just like us and the italian people just stared at you and said - sit anywhere.

In the United States when you purchase a ticket with a seat you GET THAT SEAT!

Would never do this again - there was drugs being smoked right in front of us and very rude and obnoxious behavior. The opposing team is isolated from everyone else - they even have to get in/out via a different door. WHO DOES THIS?

Overall a terribly experience and will not do that ever again - just don't do it!
Written November 4, 2014
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jamesgA1558ZD
Scotland.United kingdom10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
the stadium is a little bit out from the city centre but easily reached by bus, train or Taxi.old fashioned stadium but well worth going to a fiorentina game for the atmosphere alone. very basic facilities inside the stadium, also mostly uncovered so if a wet day take waterproofs to stay dry.
Written March 19, 2016
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Robert T
Burlington, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
We couldn't catch the second last game of the Serie A season in Milan(we were up in Lago di Como) or Turin(too far away) so we meandered down to Florence(via Cinque Terre on way to Amalfi Coast). As the soccer person in the family(I still play over 45 beer league soccer in Canada) that loves international soccer- my good wife will let me go to any of these games(alone or with a local in country friend) so long as she is occupied. Wife went to Lucca for the day and we met for lovely dinner before the game near the main train station Santa Maria Novella.

I was fortunate enough to see the last game of the Serie A season between Chevio and Fiorentina on May 31/15. Purchased tickets 6 hours before the game at the club store a few blocks from stadium although game not sold out and there is rather portable looking ticket booth that also sold tickets at game time in the stadium end closest to nearby train station. Beware of scalpers as you do need ID attached to your ticket to get in!

I paid 50 Euros for 5th row reserved seat that did have a number attached. Bring ID to buy the ticket and go to game(my Canadian drivers licence was fine with passport locked at hotel when I bought the ticket). Seat was fabby and stadium more like an Ivy league/Canadian university football/gridiron stadium than big massive two tiered stadium that is at say San Siro in Milan(a great 20 euro tour if you are there in MIlan as well) or the typical American pro football or high profile college stadium

Families, young couples, parent/sibling, and student type people at the game rather than roughneck crowd at other bigger stadiums in other cities. The closest NFL stadium I have to me is Buffalo and you could fit the Stadio Artemio Franchi in the lower tier of Ralph Wilson stadium and still have excess in the RW. Thankfully the people at Stadio AF do not stand for most of the game like the fans in Buffalo do!

BTW- the Fiorentina team or La Viola - were 2015 Europa Cup semi-finalists( a tier down from Champions League)- losing out a few weeks earlier to eventual winners Sevilla. In the game I saw they clinched fourth spot in Serie A(Napoli - another Europa cup semi-finalist from Italy lost their last 2 against top tier teams)- ensuring that Fiorentina
would be in 2015/2016 Europa cup activities again. Fiorentina have outstanding international players from countries also outside of Italy(currently in Euro cup qualifier games this June 2015) as well as Italian players.

Finally- assuming you are staying in central Florence(or periphery)- this game is best travelled to by the local train. I mistakenly got the time wrong and arrived at 2:45 PM on gameday as we had not changed our time of day on our Ipad computer- 6 hours before kickoff- having jogged/walked from train station- and it was very easy to get lost in jagged streets. Fortunate for me is that I then found the ticket office several blocks away from the stadium and got tickets of my choice with lots of time. The surrounding area around the stadium is safe even for those evening games and lots of souvenir stands and local food stands in path from local train stop to stadium for before or after grub if you wish. I suspect 2/3 or more of the crowd arrived by train.

Overall- one of the best evenings I had on our 2 week trip- I am sure my non soccer fan wife enjoyed the peace and quiet from her chatty spouse!
Written July 1, 2015
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John L
Raleigh, NC88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
When in Europe, you must go to a soccer (futbol) match. Florence is a great place for it, since (a) the stadium is not big, (b) the local supporters are passionate but not fanatical and (c) the stadium is a nice walk from downtown. Tickets were only $35 Euro. The fans sing and wave flags the entire match. All the seats are good view, and watching the little kids playing at halftime in the stadium walkways is worth the price of admission. A really nice afternoon.
Written November 1, 2017
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BrokenArrow02
Toronto, Canada143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
Firenze Viola's home field is a football fan's dream to cheer for the home team. The north end Curva Fiesole is the place to be, if you want to be with singing, chanting, flag-waving, boisterous, happy fans. And that includes women and girls of all ages plus the requisite men and boys of all ages!

While the stadio is not downtown, it is but 15 min. away by city bus. Take the #17 from the train station, or if you time it right, the #52 express bus from the same stop.

BTW, you do need to get a ticket at the ticket office located 2 blocks away from the stadio. So get off the bus at the stop Sette Santi, line up, and provide your photo ID to buy a ticket. Yes, I kid you not, your name is printed right on the ticket and the stewards do check your ID before they'd let you through.

Oh, they also frisk you. I am sure it is to prevent hooliganism and I am all for it, as it ensures everyone has a good time at the match.
Written January 29, 2017
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HenryWilson
Birmingham, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
I went to watch the Fiorentina Vs Atalanta game in February. I know, I know... I'm slow on my review, but here goes.

I had researched this well, and the day went like a dream. Two days before, I purchased my ticket from the Fiorentina shop inside the Mercato Centrale. You must take your passport to do this. Eat there as well, wonderful, wonderful food upstairs and a great market downstairs.

On the day of the game, I caught the bus to the ground. Easy. I got off when the majority of fans did and followed them around to the stadium. I had chosen to sit on the Curva Fiesole as apparently, this was where the most atmosphere is. Oh! Before you go in, no matter what your previous views, you MUST get a tripe sandwich. Seriously. Wonderfully tasty, brown meat, cooked with superb seasoning and a gravy dipped roll. Just try it. Don't think about it.

It took an age to get into the ground, and I had to show my passport twice. The seating was unallocated, even though I had a seat number, so I wandered around to find the best view. In this stand, I was to find out that fans stand on their seats, so take that into account.

It was an amazing game. Fiorentina ran out 3-2 winners, and the crowd on the Fiesole go bonkers when they score at that end. Just hold onto your hats if you are anywhere near the front. No trouble. No bad atmosphere. Just a wonderful afternoon game in the sunshine.

If you love football and are in the city, please go and check out The Viola. You will be very pleased you did.
Written April 2, 2015
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