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Sports Tourists in Italy

There are many tourists that visit the country just for sporting occasions, and the Italians lead the world in many sporting events with its vast array of sports stars. Many people who come to follow a sport will often take advantage of being in the country to extend their stay, in order to take advantage of the other attractions that the country has to offer.

With Italy producing some of the finest sports cars it is natural that it is home to some of the most famous motor racing tracks. There are two in particular that are in competition with each other to host formula one races, and they are Monza, located just to the north of Milan and Imola which is to the east of Bologna.

The large track at Monza

For years the two tracks hosted Formula One races in the same year, but now the race is regularly held at Monza. The track at Imola is called the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari it once held the Santa Monico Grand Prix. In 1994 two drivers, Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, lost their lives during the race and as a result of this the track was modified.

It was popularly believed the track was never quite as good as it was before and in 2007 it was removed from the Formula One calendar. It has been replaced by Monza which is now the home to the Italian Grand Prix. The Milan track can hold 115,000 spectators and its high speed track is as dangerous as Imola having claimed the lives of over 50 drivers and 30 spectators over recent years.

The national sport of Italy is football and the country attracts many visitors who come to watch both international and club matches in various stadiums around the country. The National team plays its home games at a variety of stadiums around the country and the national side is one of the most successful teams in the world, winning the World Cup on four occasions.

The domestic league is called Serie A and is one of the most fiercely competitive leagues in the world. There is great regional pride throughout the country which explains why the national team does not have one permanent home stadium.

In Milan the San Siro stadium is home to both Inter Milan and AC Milan. The stadium has a capacity of 80,000 and attracts many tourists each year who come to visit the ground both when a game is being played and also when there is no competition arranged. The stadium provides tours of the ground and this enable the visitors to see the important areas.

The San Siro Stadium in Milan

One of Italy’s most successful sides is Juventus who play at their own “Juventus Stadium” in Turin. It is was only completed in 2011 and can hold 41,000 spectators. It is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly stadiums with a lot of the materials from the previous stadium being recycled to use on this construction.

Football visitors to the south of the country head to Rome which is home to Roma and Lazio. Both of these sides play their home games at the Stadio Olimpico which can hold over 70,000 spectators. Other sports also use the stadium, with it being home to the country’s athletics meetings and also for many of the national rugby team’s home games.

Vast numbers of tourists visit the country to watch sport, and the mountains in the north of the country attract many visitors for the World Cup skiing races that are held annually. Venues such as Val Gardena and Bormio are visited by spectators from other nations that have competitors in the races. Sport attracts many tourists to Italy.