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Travel Advice - Lazio
TRAVEL ADVICE - LAZIO
Posted 22 November 2012 11:15am
Advice for our fans travelling to Rome for Thursday's Europa League match at the Olympic Stadium.
The City of Rome needs no introduction as its historic sites and famous tourist attractions will be known to all. The City offers visitors an amazing experience of local history and views including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, The Spanish Steps and many famous fountains. No visit is complete without taking in the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.
Food is very much part of the Italian culture and you can find many varied restaurants and cafes throughout the City and close to the main sites. The Piazza Navona is a delightful Square where you will find food, drink, artists and a variety of shops. In the middle of this Square is the Fountain of the Four Rivers, an outstanding monument.
However, as always we advise that you keep a close watch on your personal belongings and be extra careful in crowded places where pickpockets may gather. Be fully aware of scams including unofficial tour guides, forceful street vendors and taking unmarked taxis. The Gladiators outside the Colosseum may be a sight worth seeing, but having your picture taken with them will set you back 5-10 Euros!
Don't pay exorbitant Taxi fares from the Airport - they can be extremely expensive and there is a better alternative at both Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports. At Fiumicino, there are trains that will take you into the City centre and at Ciampino, there is a coach service. Both of these are more convenient and economical.
If staying overnight, the advice of the British Consul is to leave your valuables in the Hotel and carry only what you need at any one time.
Italian police have asked us to highlight that they recommend ALL travelling Spurs fans to utilise the shuttle bus service from Via Washington (nr Villa Borghese Park) direct to the Stadio Olimpico. Bus services commence at 16:00. There are additional shuttle bus services from the main Termini Station to via Washington to connect with these services.
Shuttle buses will also be available after the game from the Stadium to Termini station and via Washington.
There will be THFC Stewards here to assist if required.
If you are making your own way to the Stadium, you should travel to the South side of the Stadium via the Ponte Duca D'Aosta - this is the only bridge that you should use as the home fans will use the Ponte Milvio to reach their side of the Stadium. Italian Police will monitor both bridges closely and have a high attendance in place.
For your safety and security and to avoid any problems, we recommend that you use the shuttle buses to reach the Stadium.
Once at the Stadium, you will enter Turnstiles 15, 16 and 17 in order to reach your section of the ground. Catering and welfare facilities are present on the outer concourses. Turnstiles will open at 17:00 and Club personnel and/or Police will search you at this point. Please ensure that you have your tickets ready for inspection as these will be checked against details requested by Lazio officials and you will need to produce an ID document, e.g. British Passport or copy thereof.
The usual prohibited items apply and as always, flags and banners with appropriate wording will be welcome at the Stadium and these will be checked by Police and Stewards prior to entry. It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadia in the UK and elsewhere in Europe that all flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political/inflammatory nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated - please respect this request.
As always, there will be a number of THFC Stewards on hand both at the gates and inside the Stadium to assist you at any time.
Please be aware that it is likely that you will be held back for upto an hour inside the Stadium after the match and a further period of time once you are on the coaches/shuttle buses. This is the normal operational plan of the local Police and we would ask that you please be patient during this time.
Whilst levels of crime are generally low, there are higher levels of petty crime in the City centre. Take care on public transport and in crowded areas of Rome, particularly around the main railway station, Termini and on the number 64 bus, which goes to and from St. Peter's Square. Also, take particular care on the local and express trains from the main airport in Italy, especially Fiumicino and when unloading baggage from trains and coaches.
- Watch out for pickpockets in busy tourist areas and on local transport Keep a photocopy of your Passport with you at all times.
- Carry only what you need and leave all other valuables in a Hotel Safety Deposit Box.
- Please ensure you have the correct Travel Insurance prior to travelling.