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  • JCVH
    Scotland, UK477 contributions

    Having grown up in the golden age of Channel 4's Football Italia coverage of Serie A, it was hard not to have a soft spot for Fiorentina. The purple strip, always made by companies like Lotto and Fila that seemed so exotic, the sponsors (7up, and Ice Cream Company then Nintendo) and players like Gabriel Batistuta and Rui Costa...no matter what side you chose as your favourite, nobody could ever truly dislike Fiorentina.

    As such, when touring Italian football grounds, their home, the Stadio Artemio Franchi, became one of my 'must-see' spots. Over the years I've actually now visited it a few times and have a pretty good gauge on the matchday experience there.

    Located a little out of the city centre, about ta 30 minute walk from the main train station (there is actually one of the smaller Florence stations right next to it but I've never sussed to how to use that to my advantage) the Artemio Franchi is, as with most Italian stadia, council owned and rented by the club. Holding around 44,000 spectators it also stands as one of the more modestly sized ones.

    Being one of Italy's few one-team-cities, this can mean that securing a ticket can be slightly trickier than in many of the country's contemporary tourist favourites. Bafflingly the Fiorentina club shop in the city centre doesn't actually sell tickets, nor does the one located near the stadium. Indeed the only place I have found that sells tickets is in a small building almost reminiscent of a social club frequented by supporters that has a small ticket office. Located at pretty much the opposite end of the stadium from the city, Fiorentina like to make you walk! Please note that as with any ground in Italy, you will require ID to prove your name along the lines of a Passport.

    In the lead-up to the stadium there are a healthy selection of stalls selling a combination of food and drink and also merchandise, some official, some non. This is one thing I like about the majority of Italian stadiums, makes it feel very old school.

    Once in the ground, first built in the 30s, last subject to renovation for the 1990 World Cup, I'll be honest I never really took any stock of the catering options, but I imagine they'll be the the standard Italian options of rolls, nuts, soft drinks and beers.

    The actual stadium itself is actually relatively well maintained for its age, albeit you do have to accept that it is old fashioned. One thing it does have going for it, which is somewhat uncommon in Italy, is a lack of a running track, meaning you are a lot closer to the action. also rather unusual is the complete lack of any cover on any of the stands. At first glance this may not sound that huge an issue in a sunny country, but I can assure you that it does rain in Tuscany, and it can also pour. This aside, it also presents another issue in that when it is, as you'd expect from Florence, gloriously sunny...that sun is beating down on you for 90 minutes. I've picked up some cracking sunburn in this stadium.

    While the slightly smaller capacity and the trickiness to get tickets sometimes can seem like a negative, it isn't actually without its silver lining. I mean this as should you manage to get a ticket, there is significantly less chance of being faced with a hollow atmosphere in a cavernous, too big for purpose stadium as you may find at the San Siro or the Olimpico. The fact Fiorentina have a passionate support, mainly housed in their Curva Nord ensure that there is rarely a dull day at the Artemi Franchi regardless of the game in question.

    As mentioned above, being a council owned stadium sadly there is nothing to see relating to la Viola on non-matchdays besides the aforementioned store, which to be honest stocks identical merchandise to the city centre one.

    With this said, if in town when the home team are playing, I'd definitely recommend a trip to the Artemio Franchi providing you go with the right set of expectations: This isn't a massive, modern super-stadium, and as such don't expect one. Instead soak up some real atmosphere in a classic stadium.

    I actually feel like I'm being harsh only giving this 3 out of 5. I've thoroughly enjoyed every game I've been to here, and thoroughly recommend it to any football fans visiting this lovely city, but I am rating the actual stadium itself at heart, and the exposure to the elements means it isn't one of the most ideal unless the weather sits right.

    I still love those purple shirts though. Batigol's hair too.
    Written 15 August 2019
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  • KittyStuff
    Waco, TX33 contributions
    Done lots of escape rooms and the first was so good we did both. Very challenging, but not "stupid confusing" like where you have to make totally not obvious leaps. All the clues were super clear once you figured them out. Probably one of the best put together escape rooms I've done in awhile!
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • littlemsglobetrotter25
    Evesham, England, United Kingdom87 contributions
    I saw Ennio Morricone at this venue, very well organised and lots of staff to help. I was amazed at how close I was to the stage, I was at the back in the stalls. The atmosphere was amazing the acoustics and lighting just added to the whole experience. Got a bus from St Marco's square number 17, 21 and walked the rest 10 minute walk. There were no buses after the event so booking a taxi would be advisable if staying in Central Florence
    Written 13 March 2018
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  • Josh Bodd
    4 contributions
    Firstly it’s worth noting we did this in Italian, and I’m not sure it can be done in English, but if you have someone Italian with you who can translate it should be ok for you.

    We found it very good, and very scary! Really liked the effort and detail put into the rooms. Was incredibly complex which is fun (not too easy) but they include red herrings to throw you off which can waste a lot of time and you can’t really know if it’s supposed to be solved or not, which was a little annoying but didn’t ruin the experience.

    The staff were super friendly very scary, and made things really fun for us!

    Thanks for having us :)
    Written 31 October 2021
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  • Kupus
    Zurich, Switzerland6 contributions
    Phenomal escape room. The room is very well concipated and the gamemaster kind and friendly. Excellent experience. Thank you!
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • StilaTraveler
    New York City, NY245 contributions
    I had to check this place out. It was pretty dingy with maybe 10-15 slot machines. You have to buzz outside to be let in. It's a tiny place right across the train station. A few slots in the front and some more in the back smoking room. If you want to do slots while in Florence then I guess check it out but don't expect anything nice!
    Written 9 September 2015
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  • Emmanuel D
    Florence, Italy1 contribution
    In Florence to run its famous marathon, I ran into this fabulous shop ! Tons of RPG and boardgames and some very good stuff for wargamers... And a very nice and welcoming staff. Keep on the good job, guys !
    Written 22 November 2019
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  • Emma R
    Rochester, UK44 contributions
    Super comfy seats, reasonably priced tickets and alcohol served with GLASSES available during the film. Say no more!!
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • debbie g
    Oakland, CA1 contribution
    Long over due review, Faboulous!

    I knew Fatacadabra thanks to a local friend and I loved it! Once you get in you are surrounded by delicate colors, drawings and photos that make the place so warm.
    Add to this the kindness of Natascia and Leonardo and imagine the result!
    Written 6 October 2019
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  • Dynamobridge13
    London, UK19 contributions
    This escape room was very good and had you thinking all of the time - would recommend. Game master was friendly and spoke good English
    Written 28 July 2019
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