It was early Friday evening and I was in my hotel room, when I heard a lot of noise outside, as though someone was announcing something on a loudspeaker. It was Good Friday in Italy and there is a cathedral around the corner, so I thought maybe there was some outside religious event going on.
I grabbed my jacket and left to see what was going on, not wanting to miss out on what could be a major event. To my naïveté and surprise, the cathedral appeared closed, yet the streets were filled with people and there were quite a few police. The people were not strolling, as in la passeggiata, but appeared to have an agenda, and then I realized what was going on.
I saw the lights and the soccer stadium, which is behind my hotel, and after inquiring from the police, I became aware that there was a soccer game between Siena and Venezia. Never having been to a professional soccer game, I found out where to buy a ticket, thinking that if it was a reasonable cost, I would go. Fortunately for me, the ticket cost 8 euros, which was incredible, and of course, I bought one and went to my first Italian soccer game!
Italians are passionate about life but they are really passionate about soccer! I loved being part of the crowd, hearing the fans singing, yelling, probably swearing in Italian, and stomping their feet on the aluminum stands, which made a deafening sound. It was a great time! Afterwards I found a gelato shop and ended the evening with an amarena gelato.