Stadio Artemio Franchi

Viale Manfredo Fanti 4, Florence

The Stadio Artemio Franchi is a football stadium in Florence, Italy. It is currently the home of ACF Fiorentina. The stadium was temporarily noticed as the host of Italy's Six Nations matches from 2012. The old nickname of the stadium was "Comunale." When it was first constructed, it was known as the Stadio Giovanni Berta, after a Florentine fascist. The stadium was officially opened on 13 September 1931 with a match between Fiorentina and Admira Wien (1-0), though it took until 1932 for the stadium to be completely finished and currently holds 47,282. The architect is Pier Luigi Nervi (known for the Nervi Hall in the Vatican) and it is one of the most relevant examples of 20th-century architecture in the city. The stadium is built entirely of reinforced concrete with a 70-meter (230 ft) tower that bears the stadium's flagstaff. The tower is called the "Tower of Marathon". Around the base of the tower, spiral ramps lead from the ground floor to the upper edge of the grandstand. It hosted some of the matches of the 1934 World Cup, as well as football preliminaries for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. In 1945, it hosted the Spaghetti Bowl between American service teams. The stadium was originally called the "Comunale" but was renamed after the former FIGC president, Artemio Franchi, in 1991. The stadium itself underwent renovations for the 1990 FIFA World Cup which included removing the running track and increasing the seating capacity. At the World Cup, the ground hosted three matches in Group A and Argentina's penalty shootout win over Yugoslavia in the quarter-finals. The official record attendance is 58,271 on 25 November 1984, at a Serie A match between Fiorentina and Internazionale.
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  • Paul Clarke

    - 26 July 2018 -

    Home of Fiorentina who play in Serie A. As a tourist in Italy it was quite easy to purchase a ticket in Florence and attend the match. Local buses take you of the city to the ground. Although you have a seat ticket you can sit where you like , didn't see any stewards in the ground. There is food drink and some police with batons and shields expect a great atmosphere.

  • Sammy Florez

    - 26 June 2018 -

    Old fashioned but you can tell there's plenty of story there.... Anyway a refresh would be a good idea...;)

  • Joseph Suchoski

    - 31 March 2018 -

    Had a fantastic experience seeing my first ACF Fiorentina match!

  • Glenn Aune

    - 01 March 2018 -

    Great atmosphere. Great match and we had a great time despite the fact that it was really cold. Could've been more information about and around the stadium in English.

  • Iam Frota

    - 07 February 2018 -

    The stadium is really big but the seats aren't really comfortable! The stadium is all purple and that is the color of the home team! They should clean up the bathroom and have more food options! I will be coming back!!

  • Leilani-Kali Rivers

    - 14 January 2018 -

    The three stars are for the incredible passionate supporters . The team and stadium are "not that great". Also the ticketing and admission process was a little confusing. The stadium is easy to get to from SMN train station.

  • Lizzie Johnson

    - 11 January 2018 -

    Firstly the bad: the toilets are horrendous. The doors don't really close and need improvement. There is also not much to choose by way of food. Now the great: Watching Fiorentina play here was fantastic. The atmosphere was brilliant. We were in a less busy stand (near the section for the opposing team). There were staff placed everywhere who were very helpful and people came round selling beer and other drinks frequently. Note that all drinks will be served in a cup. They are very diligent with security but I didn't mind. I never felt unsafe. Just be aware that items such as emergency phone chargers and helmets etc will need to be given to a member of staff and then picked up at the end of the game.

  • Joe Gleave

    - 21 November 2017 -

    Brilliant place to watch football. Good fairly old fashioned stadium, close to the pitch, in a beautiful setting in Florence. A dying breed among the modern stadiums.

  • jns straps

    - 25 October 2017 -

    2016. We celebrate our daughter 21th birthday during our visit in Florene. We are lucky to watch Florentine vs AC. Our first live match on the stand. Good time goes by. Great memories remains.

  • Ian Masters

    - 04 October 2017 -

    Certainly not the nicest looking stadium, but I enjoy coming here for the games and for the crowds. Would rate the stadium itself 3 stars, and the fans 5 stars.

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