|Stadio Olimpico, current home of A.S. Roma. At left, |
a few of the 1930s statues that line the Foro Italico
A.S. Roma is one of two great Rome soccer teams (the other is Lazio). For many years both teams have played their games at the Stadio Olimpico, originally built as part of Foro Mussolino (now called Foro Italico) in the 1930s, but significantly remodeled for the 1960 Olympic Games. Recently the new American owner of the team, for reasons unknown to RST, has been pursuing plans for a new stadium for the Roma club, to be built on the outskirts of the city. Those plans were dashed when the land was sold for yet another big housing project. Now there's talk of building it in Guidonia, a country town about 25 kilometers northeast of Rome's center, served by a 2-lane road. We can imagine the Monday morning headline: "Traffico nel Caos" (Traffic in Chaos).
|The stadium where Roma once played, seen from |
Monte Testaccio. Here it still resembles
a soccer field. In the background, right,
|The same stadium, 2 years later. The photo was|
taken from via Caio Cestio.
And just last month we walked by the field, now just weeds. In a year or two, we learned, it will be a parking lot.