The Stadio Artemio Franchi has been the home of Fiorentina since its opening in 1931. The first match in the stadium was on the 13th September 1931 between Fiorentina and Admira Wien of Austria, with the home side winning 1-0.
Originally known as the Stadio Giovanni Berta after a fascist militant, the stadium had a capacity of 45,000 and hosted matches at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. This included the quarter-final between Italy and Spain which finished 1-1, with the replay the following day resulting in a 1-0 win for the results as they went on to win the tournament.
After the Second World War, the stadium was renamed the Stadio Comunale. It would host group matches of the 1960 Summer Olympics and a semi-final of UEFA Euro 1968 in which Yugoslavia defeated England 1-0.
Built entirely of concrete and featuring a 70-metre tower called the “Tower of Marathon”, the stadium underwent renovations ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup which removed the running track and increased the seating capacity.
Three group matches and the quarter-final which saw Argentina defeat Yugoslavia 3-2 on penalties were played there. In 1991, the stadium was renamed in honour of the former President of the Italian Football Federation, Artemio Franchi.
The Italian national football team have played a number of matches at the stadium, the first being a 2-0 win over Czechoslovakia in 1933. The national rugby union team have also used the stadium, including playing all of their home Six Nations matches there in 2012.
Tickets at Stadio Artemio Franchi
Tickets for Fiorentina matches are available to purchase online, at the Fiorentina Point near the stadium (Via dei Sette Santi 28r at the corner of Via Duprè) which is open Monday to Friday (9am to 6pm) or at the club shop (I Gigli shopping centre) open Monday to Saturday (9am to 10pm) or Sunday’s (9am to 9pm). Tickets usually start from €20 however do increase for high-profile matches.
Location & Travel to Stadio Artemio Franchi
The Stadio Artemio Franchi is located about 2 kilometres north of Florence’s history centre.
Airport: Florence Airport is the closest international airport, approximately 6 kilometres west of the centre. The airport doesn’t have a huge number of flights but does offer services to most major cities across Europe. You can reach the city by tram or bus that runs to the central railway station.
Alternatively, Pisa International Airport is just over 75 minutes from Florence and offers a greater number of low-cost flights across Europe. You can then travel from Pisa to Florence by train.
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Bus: The number 7, 17 or 20 buses all run from the centre of Florence (Santa Maria Novella or Piazza San Marco station) to the stadium, with additional services on match day.
Train: The closest railway station is at Firenze Campo di Marte, located just 400 metres away from the stadium. Most services to the station are regional but there are some high speed services between Bologna and Rome.
Firenze Santa Maria Novella is the main railway station of Florence, located about 2 kilometres from the stadium with high speed services across the country. If travelling from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, you will need to take a connecting train.
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Walk: Walking from Florence’s historic centre will take just over 30 minutes.
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Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Sports Tourist