Stadio Artemio Franchi: ACF Fiorentina

Viale Manfredo Fanti, Florence, 50137, Italy
By Andrzej Otrębski (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Stadio Artemio Franchi has been home to Fiorentina ever since it opened in 1931. Designed by the architect Pier Luigi Nervi, it had a connection that the football club is not to proud of nowadays as it was named after a Florentine facist called Giovanni Berta. Though it was opened in 1931 the building of it wasn’t actually finished until the following year.

As for the stadium’s tenants, ACF Fiorentina is in the unusual position of being able to celebrate two birthdays. The club was originally founded on the 29th of August 1926 but was re-founded after it went bankrupt in 2002. Even so, only four clubs in Italian football have spent longer in the top-tier than the Viola.

Stats

Stadio Artemio Franchi Stats
Year Opened1931
Capacity43,147
Average Attendance26,031
Record Attendance58,271 (Fiorentina v Internazionale (1984))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameStadio Comunale
Former NameStadio Giovanni Berta
OwnerACF Fiorentina
SponsorMunicipality of Florence
Clubs HostedACF Fiorentina
First FixtureFiorentina v Admira Wien (13/09/1931)
ACF Fiorentina Stats
Year Founded1926
NicknameViola (Purple), Gigliati (Lilies)
Club MascotLion
RivalsEmpoli
KitPurple (Home) / White (Away) / Red (Third)
Training GroundCentro Sportivo Campini
Shirt SponsorVorwerk Folletto, Save The Children
Team OwnerDiego Della Valle
Record GoalscorerGabriel Batistuta (168)
Record AppearancesManuel Pasqual (356)

Stadio Artemio Franchi Photos

Stadio Artemio Franchi Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The stadium has something of an odd design, with extra room in between the end stands and the pitch giving it a stretched out look. There’s a top-tier of continuous seating that stands above smaller, broken up stands that are on each edge of the pitch. The most ardent fans tend to occupy the Curva Fiesole, whilst away supporters are housed in the Curva Ferrovia. This is also known as The Railway End owing to how close it is to nearby train tracks.

ACF Fiorentina Ticket Prices

Ticket prices range from as low as €20 through to as high as €200. It all depends on where about you’d like to sit in the ground and what kind of experience you expect from your day. The better the seats and the ‘posher’ the experience, the higher the price.

How To Get ACF Fiorentina Tickets

Tickets are available from the club’s ticket office at the stadium, over the phone, online or from one of numerous Fiorentina Point Stores located around the city.

Getting To Stadio Artemio Franchi

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Train - It will take you around twenty hours to get the train to Florence, going via Paris, Geneva & Milan. Once there you’ll want to get an internal train to Firenze Campo di Marte, which is less than 500 metres from the ground.

Bus - Buses 7, 17 and 20 will take you to the stadium from either Santa Maria Novella or San Marco Square stops in the city centre.

Car - Take the A1 motorway between Milan and Naples and leave at the ‘ Firenze Sud exit. Drive along the Marco Polo viaduct and keep an eye out for signs to the ground from there.

By Air - Florence Airport is just outside the city and is known to locals as Peretola. Pisa Airport is about an hour and a quarter from Florence and is serviced by a number of low budget airlines.

Taxi - A taxi from somewhere central, such as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, out to the stadium will cost you about €14 and should take around fifteen minutes. If it takes longer owing to traffic it will cost more.

Parking Near Stadio Artemio Franchi

Parking in Italy is always a fun experience as drivers aren’t overly concerned with leaving each other plenty of room. You can park near the ground for free but do be aware that it will likely be a hairy experience.

Useful Resources

Stadio Artemio Franchi Hotels

Hotel Masaccio Florence - £50+

Via Masaccio 228, Florence, FI, 50132
This hotel offers the sort of ornate decoration that you’d expect from somewhere located in one of Italy’s most artistic cities. A fifteen minute walk from the stadium, it has a restaurant and bar, a terrace area and a library. There’s also parking, should you choose not to brave the journey to the ground in your car. More details.

Hotel Emma - £65+

Via A. Pacinotti 20, Florence, FI, 50131
The Hotel Emma is around ten minutes from the Stadio Artemio Franchi. It is a small location, having just nine rooms to offer. There’s a library, a pleasant terrace and valet parking for those of you who will have a car during your trip. More details.

Hotel Meridiana - £90

Viale Don Minzoni 25, Florence, FI, 50019
Around a mile away from the stadium is this three-star hotel with a bar area. There’s a buffet breakfast included in the price of your stay and Wi-Fi in the reception area. If you’re hoping for a bit of culture during your stay then you’ll be pleased to know it’s not far from the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Stadio Artemio Franchi

Bar Maratona

Viale Manfredo Fanti, 7, 50137, Firenze (+39 055 600935)
The Bar Maratona is one of the closest places to the ground that you can get a drink, so it’s no real surprise that it’s something of a sports bar. That manifests itself in plenty of purple all over the place and a TV behind the bar that will have live sport on; especially if the Viola are playing.

Uncle Jimmy’s

Via de' Pescioni 5/r, Firenze (+39 055 0192435)
If you’d like somewhere with a bit more of an atmosphere then you might be interested in Uncle Jimmy’s. They have a Happy Hour until 10pm every night, live sport on big screens at every possible opportunity and a decent drinks menu. There’s also a daily beer pong tournament, just in case you need some encouragement.

The Friends Pub

Borgo San Iacopo, 51, 50125, Firenze (+39 055 294930)
The Friends Pub is an Irish themed location, so expect plenty of Guinness advertisements and leprechauns all over the place. There are other drinks to be had, of course, and they also do snacks like pizzas, panini and salads. Most important of all, though, are the big screens showing plenty of football and more.

Hospitality

By Beppeyeah (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There are a number of decent hospitality options at your disposal at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, with an entirely new section built in order to comply with UEFA regulations for their competitions. From Sky Boxes to The Viola Lounge via Business Seats in the different stands, you won’t be disappointed if you’re hoping for a top-notch experience watching Fiorentina strut their stuff.

Private Hire

As with many top-class football venues, the various lounges and private boxes of Stadio Artemio Franchi are available for hire if you’re in need of a decent space in which to do business in Florence. Your best bet is to contact the club.

About ACF Fiorentina

1928 Florence Team in Away Kit - See page for author [Public domain, Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The history of Associazione Calcio Fiorentina is a slight embarrassment to the club nowadays. It was formed by a local fascist named Luigi Ridolfi who merged to local Florence-based clubs named CS Firenze and PG Libertas. The hope was that the club would be able to represent the city in the footballing battle against the more popular and successful clubs from North-West Italy. It sort of worked. They’ve won two Serie A titles and have finished runners-up five times to date.

The club’s darkest period in recent times came after the turn of the millennium. Having endured a mixed period during the 1990s, when they were relegated, promoted back to Serie A and then qualified for the Champions League, trouble enveloped the club in 2001. They had run up debts of nearly £50 million and were unable to pay their players. They were relegated at the end of the 2001-2002 season and went into administration. This meant that they were refused admission to Serie B and so essentially ceased to exist. In August of 2002 they were re-formed as Associazione Calcio Fiorentina e Florentia Viola.

Stadio Artemio Franchi History

Stadio Communale Giovanni Berta, now called Artemio Franchi, in 1930s - See page for author [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The architect of the stadium, Pier Luigi, is also known for designing the Nervi Hall in the Vatican - not a bad thing to have on your CV. Made entirely of reinforced concrete, it has a large tower known as the Tower of Marathon that hosts the club’s flag. Originally known simply as the Comunale, it was renamed after a former president of the FIGC, Artemio Franchi, in 1991.

As well as hosting Fiorentina matches the stadium has also been the home of some high-profile events. Some of the games of the FIFA World Cup of 1934 were held there, as were preliminary matches of the 1960 Summer Olympics. There were numerous renovations made to it before it was a host stadium during the 1990 FIFA World Cup and it was also used to host some of Italy's Six Nations matches from 2012.

Future Developments

There have been recent changes to the cub’s hospitality areas. More changes are likely in the future as they bring it up to scratch, though there’s nothing specific in the pipeline.

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