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Roma v Chelsea football match travel advice

The following advice is intended to help all those planning to visit Rome for the Roma v Chelsea football match to be held on Tuesday 31 October.

Rome football stadium

Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Kick off time: 8.45pm (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice Italy

Passports and visas

You do not need a visa to travel to Italy but you must hold a valid passport. For stays of up to three months your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of unforeseen delays to your departure.

Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as well as ensuring you take out good travel insurance - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.

In Italy it is obligatory to carry ID with you at all times – you will also need your ID to enter the stadium.

Travel arrangements

Rome has two airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino, and it has been known for travellers to go to the wrong airport and subsequently miss their flight home. If you are taking a taxi to the airport, please make sure you specify which one to the taxi driver.

Stadium – how to get there

It is strongly recommended that all fans take one of the free official shuttle buses to the Olympic stadium. This service will start at approximately 4pm and continue until required. To use the shuttle bus:

  • take Metro Line A to Flaminio/Piazza del Popolo;
  • take the entrance to Villa Borghese through the archway onto Viale Washington, then onto Viale F. La Guardia to reach Piazzale delle Canestre, from where the shuttle buses will depart

Combined Metro and bus/tram tickets can be purchased from most tobacconists, bars, or vending machines at metro stations and major bus stops and cost €1.50 each, lasting 100 minutes (includes one metro journey only).

British fans will enter the stadium via Sectors 50-51-52 of the Distinti North West part of the stadium. There will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles. To avoid a last minute bottleneck you should get to the stadium early. Gates open at 5.30pm (local time).

Ticket Collection Point

Chelsea fans will need to collect their match tickets from a single ticket collection point the address of which will be notified to them directly. The ticket collection point will be open from 9am – 8.30pm on the day of the match. Fans will need to exchange their ticket vouchers for tickets, on evidence of an original ID document (e.g. British passport).

Stadium security

Entry tickets to the Stadium are holder specific, and cannot be passed to other parties. The ticket holder is required to produce an identity document (British passport) to enter the stadium and the name on the ticket must match that on the passport.

Spectators are not permitted to take the following items into the stadium: alcohol, weapons, (or any item that could be used as a weapon), drums, megaphones, fireworks, plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans containing liquid, belts with large buckles, large umbrellas, large flags.

The stadium is CCTV monitored, and pitch invasion is prohibited.

Personal security

As in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits. Carry a photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport and keep it in a safe place separate from your passport.

You must carry your passport with you to the match.

Stolen passports

If your passport is stolen report the loss to the local police as soon as possible and obtain a copy of the police report. Please be aware that you cannot travel back to the UK without a valid travel document. You will need to apply to the Consular Section of the British Embassy Rome during opening hours for an Emergency Travel Document. Due to a national Bank Holiday, the Embassy will be closed on Wednesday 1 November. This will mean applying for an Emergency Travel Document at the British Embassy in Rome on the Thursday after the game.

The Emergency Travel Document is a temporary one-way travel document which will allow you to return to the UK or back to your country of residence. You will need to produce the following:

  • a copy of the police report reporting the passport stolen

  • an acceptable form of identification, if possible (e.g. driving licence and/or photocopy of your lost passport)

  • one passport-size photograph. We are able to provide a photo at the Embassy for a cost of €5 paid only in cash

  • a fee of €119 or £100 (payable in cash or by credit card except American Express)

  • any details you may have of your return travel arrangements

  • authorisation from both parents if you are under 16

Lost wallets

If you lose your wallet please try to cancel your credit cards as soon as possible. British consular officials cannot give you money to help you return home. You can transfer money from relatives or friends in the UK using many of the reputable commercial money transfer agencies in Italy including Western Union and Moneygram and Consular staff can assist you in this. You can also use most major credit cards (and debit cards carrying the Maestro and EC logos) to obtain money from Italian cash machines if you have your PIN. Consular staff can provide you with telephone and internet facilities during opening hours.

If you are arrested

British consular officials can visit you in prison (if you request it) and can put you in touch with local lawyers if you need one. But they cannot get you out of prison, represent you in court or pay your bills. If you wish to see a consular official please make this request clear to the local police authorities.

Consular assistance

The Consular Section of the British Embassy in Rome is open to the public from 9am – 12pm and 2pm - 3pm Monday-Fridays.

The contact number for those requiring consular assistance including emergencies during your visit to Rome is 0039 06 4220 0001.

The address for the British Embassy Rome is Via XX Settembre 80/a, 00187 Rome, Italy.

Local emergency services

  • (+39) 118 medical services
  • (+39) 113 police
  • (+39) 112 Carabinieri
  • (+39) 115 fire services

We hope you enjoy the game and your visit to Rome!

Published 18 October 2017
Last updated 25 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Ticket collection arrangements changed - 25 Oct 2017
  2. First published.