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Italy vs Wales rugby match

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The Italy and Wales rugby teams will meet in Rome for their RBS 6 Nations Rugby match on 21 March 2015.

The Consular services of the British Embassy Rome have advice for Wales Rugby Union supporters travelling to see the match.

Travelling rugby fans normally prepare well for their trips, don’t get into fights, don’t overindulge, don’t lose their passports and don’t normally come to our attention. Keep it up!

However, to avoid getting into trouble, here’s a bit of advice:

  • check that your passport is valid for your whole trip to Italy;
  • make sure that you bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – this proves your entitlement to free/reduced cost health care if you need medical attention;
  • the EHIC does not replace comprehensive travel insurance, though. It does not cover the entire cost of hospitalisation and it does not cover repatriation should that become necessary;
  • keep an eye on your possessions at all times: pickpockets operate in all large crowds and on most public transport.

The emergency numbers in Italy are:

  • 112: Carabinieri
  • 113: police
  • 118: emergency ambulance
  • 115: fire brigades

Practical information:

  • the venue for this match will be the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Kick-off time is at 13.30 local time, doors open at 11.30. You should try to arrive early as access to the stadium might take some time;
  • the stadium ticket office will be open from 09.30 until 14.00;
  • a social area for the so called “terzo tempo” is next to the stadium and will be open from 10.00 to 14.30 and from 15.00 to 21.00;
  • Italian police and stewards will conduct ticket checks and security screening. You might be required to show an identity document if your name is printed on the ticket. Any items that could be used as a weapon, like glass or plastic bottles, are not permitted inside the stadium;

How to get to the Olympic Stadium:

  • take Metro Line A to Flaminio/Piazza del Popolo and walk to the Stadium (4.5 Km) for about 30 minutes, or you can take tram no. 2 from Piazzale Flaminio which drops you close to the Stadium. Or take bus 910 from Roma Termini, get off at Piazza Antonio Mancini, then walk through the park, over the Bridge Duca D’Aosta and you’ll be at the Stadio Olimpico;
  • 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. Please note that bus and tram tickets must be stamped in the small yellow ticket machine found on buses and trams as soon as you start your journey. Failure to do so will result in a fine, if checked by an inspector.

If things go wrong and you need consular assistance, call us on +39 06 4220 2431.

Check out our travel advice for Italy before you go.

Have a great time, and may the best team win!