The bond between Italians and soccer is actually a great love story, and the sport and its traditions carry immense importance for Italians all up and down the Peninsula.
Soccer (or football) is not only one of the Italians' greatest passions, but it also has an enormous following internationally.
Indeed, for lovers of the game, vacation and travel packages were created so that fans from around the world can live Italy at the same time that they root for their favorite teams.
Those attending A Series games can intersperse matches with touristic visits – whether in cities of art, on enogastronomic tours or shopping sprees. Italy's stadiums, primarily those in the Belpaese's north-central regions, have seen transformations in the last few years, mainly in terms of comfort: they have been gradually aligned with European standards, and have welcomed new additions structurally, like museums, shops, restaurants and even gyms, all with the objective of making these soccer arenas akin to little communities, a gathering point for people that share a singular passion.
Let's look at Milan, where the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium reigns supreme.Some still call it “San Siro” for the neighborhood it calls home (and its official name until 1980), while others like to refer to it as “La Scala del Calcio” as long as you know that calcio is Italian for soccer, you can probably guess why many would compare the stadium to one of the greatest opera houses in the world.
From an architectonic perspective, this edifice, considered to be among the most important in the world of soccer, has undergone several modifications through the years, up until the construction of its third ring, that brought its total capacity to approximately 85, 000 seats.
Beginning with a Bob Marley concert in June of 1980, the stadium is still used for countless musical events.
And today, the venue hosts a museum highlighting the multi-century history of the Milan and Inter teams, by way of a collection of jerseys, cups, trophies, shoes, art objects and mementos of every kind.
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