What are Italy’s Top 10 biggest stadiums?

Even though Italian football isn't quite what it was, it still has plenty of venues worth visiting. Here are the top 10 biggest stadiums in Italy.

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Italian football is a long way past its best years of the 1990s. The 2022/23 season brought back some good memories with three Serie A sides making it to European finals, but they all ended in heartache as AS Roma lost the Europa League final, Fiorentina lost the Europa Conference League final and Inter fell short in the Champions League final.

With the world’s best talent mostly now playing elsewhere in the Premier League, La Liga or at Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich, Serie A is no longer the league that rules the world. A look at Italy’s stadiums shows that it is a country that once had elite-level football, but the current state of the majority of the grounds on the peninsula and its islands suggests that there’s work to be done to get back to that level.

Despite the current conditions of most of the arenas of Italian football, there are still some impressive venues, but what are Italy’s biggest stadiums?

What are the biggest football stadiums in Italy?

10 – Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo – 36,349

Palermo’s Stadio Renzo Barbera. (@palermofficial)

Home of Palermo and once the stomping ground of Paulo Dybala, Edinson Cavani and other great names of Italian football, the Renzo Barbera boasts some of the most scenic sights in Italian football.

9 – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 38,279

Bologna’s Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. (@Inter_en)

Perhaps best known for the iconic tower on one side of the stadium and the views of San Luca on the hills around the city, Bologna’s Dall’Ara is one to add to your bucket list and it is always an atmospheric experience.

8 – Stadio San Filippo, Messina – 38,722

The San Filippo might be the most surprising inclusion on the list. As Sicily’s biggest stadium, it is also adapted to host concerts and other events

7 – Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona – 39,371

Verona’s Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. (@sampdoria_en)

Not the most easy-on-the-eye stadium in Italy, Hellas Verona’s Bentegodi is worth a visit if you’re still nostalgic about the 1990 World Cup. Signs from Italia ’90 remain all over the stadium, and you can see pictures of mascot Ciao are easily spotted.

6 – Allianz Stadium, Turin – 41,570

Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. (@juventusfcen)

Juventus have had more than one home in their time but the Allianz Stadium has been home since its opening in 2011. It is the most modern of Italy’s stadiums by a distance.

5 – Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence – 43,147

Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi. [@ACFFiorentinaEN]

It remains to be seen how much longer the Franchi will be home to Fiorentina with the club hoping to build, but its rather unique spaceship feel makes it worth a visit, even if the facilities leave a lot to be desired and some of the seats will leave you without a great view of the action.

4 – Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples – 54,726

Soccer Football – Serie A – Napoli v Spezia – Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy – September 10, 2022 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Formerly the Stadio San Paolo, Napoli’s Maradona is a stadium that needs to be visited. Given a face lift recently with the installation of blue seats to replace the faded red, it looks a lot better than it did. Beneath the surface, though, it’s not in great shape and serious refurbishment is needed.

3 – Stadio San Nicola, Bari – 58,270

Bari’s Stadio San Nicola. (@sscalciobari)

Another that resembles a spaceship but in a very different way to the Franchi, Bari’s San Nicola is a unique design and one of the most atmospheric grounds in Italy. With it also being a stunning city, it’s one worth visiting.

2 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 70,634

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. (@Inter_en)

Home to both AS Roma and Lazio, the Olimpico has two of Italian football’s most passionate fanbases. Although Roma regularly sell it out, it’s one that you should look to get to, particularly while Jose Mourinho is in charge at the Giallorossi.

1 – Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), Milan – 80,018

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza / San Siro ahead of a Champions League game. (@Inter)

Another that plays home to two of the bigger sides in AC Milan and Inter, the San Siro, or Meazza, boasts more Serie A titles than any other stadium in Italy with the country’s second and third most successful sides sharing the venue. Its capacity is currently limited to 75,817.

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