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Travel advice: Inter Milan

Posted on 18 October 2010  - 12:00

Advice for fans travelling to Milan for our Champions League match against Inter next Wednesday, October 20.

Travel advice: Inter Milan

Please note, fans are advised not to travel to Milan without tickets purchased officially from the Club.

Spurs fans travelling to Milan will enjoy this busy, historic City, which has plenty to offer.

There are numerous restaurants and cafes to visit and plenty of shopping for those who wish to do so.

The City Centre is dominated by the beautiful Duomo Cathedral, which is well worth a visit.

Maps of the City are freely available in the arrivals section at the Airport.

Fans arriving via official means, as arranged with Thomas Cook and THFC, will be dropped off at the Piazza Castello.

Please ensure that you are aware of the time to return to this area as the coaches will leave for the San Siro at 6:00pm promptly.

For those travelling independently, the easiest and quickest route to the Stadium is via the Metro System - Red Line, alighting at Piazzali Lotto, where there will be shuttle buses waiting to take you the rest of the way.

The walk from this Station is about 20 minutes. If taking a Tram from the City Centre, you should take no:16 - direction Axum.

On arrival at the Stadium, you should go to Gate 10, where the Police Authorities will undertake a search of the fans and tickets will be checked by the Police at this stage.

You will then be guided through to either Tower 8 or 9 where there will be a flight of stairs or a public walkway/ramp that will take you to the top tier where our seats are allocated.

Please note that there is no public lift available, the only access is via the Towers and we would advise all of our fans to take their time both entering and exiting the Stadium.

As always, THFC Stewards will be on hand to assist and advise if required. Please approach them if you have any difficulty in reaching the seated area and they will escort you.

San Siro

The Blue Sector, Top Tier, which has been given over to THFC fans is very steep and again we would advise you to take care when accessing gangways, walkways and steps.

Toilet facilities are of the basic European design for both male and female and are few and far between. Catering facilities are small for the number of fans expected and we would suggest that you eat prior to arriving at the Stadium. However, please avoid the Bars in the near vicinity of the Stadium as these are for home fans only.

Flags and banners with appropriate wording would be welcome at the Stadium. It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadiums in the UK and elsewhere in Europe that flags of an overtly religious/political nature will not be permitted, including flags featuring the Star of David. Police Authorities have advised that those flags will not be allowed access and may be confiscated. Please respect this request.

Inter Milan are not producing a programme for this match.

As with all European fixtures, alcohol will not be available inside the Stadium and you are advised that there are no bars in the vicinity of the San Siro for visiting fans.

The Police have advised us that as per usual procedures, THFC fans can expect to be held back after the final whistle for between 30 and 45 minutes and we would ask that you be patient during this time as this may assist in releasing the fans earlier.

Coaches will be parked outside Gate 10 and shuttle buses back to the Metro System at Piazzali Lotto will also be in this area for those who require them.

Please note that the Police are responsible for all searching procedures and ticket checks. Therefore, you must carry your passport (or a copy thereof) with you to the game as cross checks with this document and your ticket must correspond to prove that you are the purchaser of your ticket otherwise entry may be denied.

The Club is rightly proud of our record of good behaviour at recent European matches and whether you are travelling as part of the official THFC package or independently, we would ask that uphold this by respecting local amenities and culture.

Please do not place flags and banners on statues or other historic monuments, including architecture, as this is deemed as deeply offensive to the local inhabitants.

Please also respect the Local Police Authorities at all times, as well as other visitors to the City. Anti-social behaviour, especially drunkeness, in the city centre or at the San Siro, will not be tolerated.

The steps leading to the Duomo Cathedral are also to be treated with respect and kept clear of banners and flags.

Remember that you are ambassadors of the Club and we would request that you behave accordingly throughout the entirety of your visit.

British Consulate information

Representatives from the British Consul will be present at the game in case of any emergency or issues that have occurred during your stay in Milan.

They have asked us to make you aware of the following:

British Consulate contact details:
British Consulate General
Via San Paolo 7 (not far from the Piazza Duomo)
Tel:02/723001

Opening Hours - 9:15 - 12:15 and 14:15 - 15:45

Emergency out of hours number from 5pm until midnight - 0039 335 138 6876

Main Police Station - Questura, Via Fatenbenefratelli - open 24 hours Tel: 02/62261

Hospital nearest Stadium:
Ospedale San Carlo, via Pio II 3
Tel: 02/40221
A&E Departments are called Pronto Soccorso

Lost/Stolen Passports:
A Police report (denuncia) must be made and can be carried out at most Police Stations (Polizia di Stato or Carabinieri). An emergency document can be issued by the Consulate during opening hours and this costs 115 Euros. A Police report, photo and proof of travel must be produced and if possible, applicants should call the Consulate initially for advice.

Finally, please be aware that there is a large IT Trade Fair taking place in the City from 20th - 22nd October and this will mean that the City itself will be much busier than usual.

Follow this link for advice from the British Consulate (pdf)...