Rugby and Cycling: a match made in Roman heaven

Author: Laura Schubert

On 6 November 2021, Italy will play New Zealand's famed All Blacks rugby team in a test match in Rome, as a part of the Autumn Nations Series 2021.

Rome, a Handshake Future Cycling Capital, is known to have busy streets and dense traffic - which become even livelier during major sporting matches! Recognizing this, and aspiring to increase active mobility in the city, a sustainable travel guide has been created with sporting fans in mind. The Roma Gioca Sostenibile guide, or "Rome Play Sustainable", is a valuable resource developed by Roma Mobilità and the Italian Rugby Federation. It is now in its eighth edition.

Written in both Italian and English, the guide provides suggestions on which public transport to use to reach the stadium, as well as the most suitable travel ticket to use. A map highlights the stadium and its entrances, as well as the best places to find parking. Particular guidance is also provided to those with physical impairments.

Fans are given a multitude of options to reach the stadium, all of which rely on public transportation, cycling or walking. Cyclists will be delighted to discover that it is permissable to bring bicycles onto most metro lines, and some bus and tram lines. Regular bicycles require the purchase of an additional ticket, whereas foldable bicycles can be brought on board for free.

This marriage between sporting activities, tourism and sustainable mobility is proof of Rome's ongoing perserverance towards becoming a Cycling Capital. See you at the game! Forza azzurri!

Check out the guide here.

Image (Roma Mobilita)

This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement no 769177.

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