If there’s something everyone knows, is that I love Volleyball and that following it is a motivation to travel. I used to practice it when I was younger and I grew up to follow volleyball worldwide. One of my biggest dreams was to watch a Volleyball match in Italy. In 2015, I was finally able to make it true. In 2017, I went to my second CEV Men’s Champions League Final Four (I went to the Women’s in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2014). Based on this love, I decided to write a guide for volleyball fans willing to visit Italy. In 2018, the FIVB Men’s World Championship took place in different cities around Italy. This is a list of places to visit if you want to explore Italian volleyball in deep or pallavolo, the Italian word for Volleyball.
Arrive either in Milan or Rome
If you’re visiting from United States, the best airports to arrive in Italy are Milan-MXP or Rome-FCO. Analyzing prices in Skyscanner, you will find great deals to fly to Italy from many major airports in the nation. The ones with the best deals to arrive at are these two.
The other reason to arrive at any of these two cities is that it will make it easier to visit any major volleyball events or teams around the country. Also, because of the following reason…
Flixbus is your best friend
Most people will tell you to explore Italy traveling by train. I’m a huge fan of Flixbus and I prefer to travel in one of their buses rather than trains. Rome and Florence are hubs of most of their major routes. Starting on a price of 5€, you get to explore many cities around the country. I love traveling overnight on these buses. It means that you’ll save a night of paying for a hostel while getting somewhere different.
Flixbus takes you to all of the main Volleyball cities in Italy that you should visit if your plan is watching a match or a certain team.
Rome does not have a volleyball team, but most of the major volleyball events in Italy take place in that city. In 2017 CEV Men’s Champions League Final Four took place in the PalaSport.
In 2018, the FIVB Men’s World Championship Pool A opening day was played in one of the most iconic places: Foro Italico.
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If you have followed me for a few, you know that Sir Safety Perugia is my favorite team. I have been in Perugia four times already and it is also my favorite place in Italy. I have visited and totally recommend the Perugina Chocolate Factory and the Eurochocolate festival in October. If you are visiting Perugia just for the love of volleyball, you’ll definitely need to go to the PalaBarton and watch Perugia playing. This team was vice-champion of Europe in 2017, champions of the Coppa Italia 2018 and the Italian SuperCup 2017.
Perugia is just two hours away from Rome by Flixbus. The Flixbus stop is right next to the PalaBarton.
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As I mentioned before, Milan is one of the places you should arrive if you’re visiting from the US. Milan Voley is not a huge contender in the Italian Men’s Volleyball League. If you have the chance to visit the city, watching a match should be in your plans.
The great thing about Milan is that is relatively close to one of the major cities when it comes to Women’s Volleyball: Bergamo. For us Puerto Rican, in the 2020-2021 Season we will be more into Bergamo Volley since two of our National Team members will be part of the team: setter Natalia Valentín and spiker Stephanie Enright.
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Bologna + Modena
The towns in Emilia Romagna are definitely Italian volleyball capitals. Modena is the team with the most championships in the Italian league. Visiting Modena during volleyball season requires to go to the PalaPanini to watch Modena Volley playing.
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If you ask me, Florence is not an Italian volleyball city. They have a Women’s team that maybe, you should watch them playing if Florence is a must in your trip.
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Trento is one of the most iconic teams in Italy. If you’re visiting Northern Italy, then definitely getting to see the Trentino Volley playing on the PalaTrento is a must.
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If you look for places to go in Italy, this place in Macerata might not even figure on many lists you’ll see online. This is a coastal city on the Adriatic side of Italy. In case you are looking for iconic places to go in the name of volleyball, Civitanova Marche should be on your list.
The EuroSuole Forum in Civitanova is the home court of the Lube Volley club. Lube was the Italian League Scudetto Champion in 2017 and 2019. This team has a huge tradition in the sport. Definitely, if you get the chance, you should visit their home court.
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Which route to take if I want to watch Italian volleyball?
If you want to watch Italian Volleyball, I suggest that once you arrive either in Rome or Milan, you should visit Perugia, Modena, Trento and Civitanova Marche in case you want to see matches of the Italian League. On the map you can find a route that you can do either from Rome or from Milan.
IThe map also contains some options if you are looking for women’s volleyball action. My suggestions for women’s volleyball are visiting Bergamo, Conegliano(Treviso), Busto Arsizio and Novara.
I hope this guide help you to visit Italy while exploring Italian volleyball in deep.
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