In Italy, the blackmarket football merchandise is the more frequently available - even outside stadiums! The handiest store is at Piazza Colonna on the left as you walk north on Via del Corso. It is also a ticket office for games in the Stadio Olimpico but make sure to bring your passport for ID.
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Rome is obsessed with football - even more so than most Italian cities - and a match at the Olimpico can be an exhilarating experience. The stadium itself is an interesting Mussolini-era construction that has typically grand avenues approaching it from the south, lined with statues of fascist heroes and paved with crumbling mosaics glorifying "Honour and Enemies". Inside, you will soon discover that Italian fans make the game a far louder and more colourful affair than their British counterparts. Tip 1 - sit in the tribuna along the side of the pitch rather than behind the goal (where the nutters congregate); Tip 2 - watch Roma rather than Lazio, who have neo-Nazi connections that may cause offence; Tip 3 - set off early as the stadium is shockingly badly served by the otherwise excellent public transport system.
Two miles north of Piazza del Popolo. You can take a bus there, but expect it to be rammed with supporters and make very slow progress through the Eternal City's eternal traffic jam
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