With 36 league titles and ten major European trophies, AC Milan and Inter Milan are two of Italy’s most decorated clubs. Their success and many other factors make the San Siro, their shared home stadium, a rite of passage for football fans. Follow our guide to make the most of your trip.
For 20 years the San Siro was the sole home of AC Milan. The stadium was a gift to the city from then club president Piero Pirelli in 1926 but was sold less than a decade later to city officials. The deal saw the San Siro’s capacity dramatically increase, marking an era of major change.
In 1947, AC Milan began sharing the San Siro with their neighbours and fierce rivals Internazionale. Inter Milan broke away from the original AC Milan team in 1908, following a disagreement over foreign players. The rivalry has continued ever since, leading to the Derby della Madonnina becoming one of the most anticipated derby matches in world football.
But even if you don’t make it to see the Rossoneri (AC) and Nerazzurri (Inter) face off, a trip to the San Siro is still an unforgettable experience.
Unlike stadiums in many other European cities, the San Siro is fairly close to the city centre. You can make the three-mile journey via the metro, which connects central Milan to the San Siro Ippodromo and San Siro Stadio stations. Nevertheless, be advised that match days are often the busiest times to travel. In these cases, we recommend leaving ample time to visit.
The San Siro is a towering architectural feat. With 80,018 seats, it’s bigger than Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and Manchester United’s Old Trafford, which instantly becomes apparent the moment you step inside.
As the San Siro is home to two major clubs, tourists are welcome and well catered for. Unsure where to sit? Speak to ticket staff from either club for advice on sections with the best atmosphere and family enclosures. As for tickets, we recommend purchasing yours from the official AC Milan and Inter Milan club websites, or from one of many club outlets around Milan.
Being one of the world’s most visited stadiums, there are plenty of hotels near San Siro that provide respite from all the action. We have nine varied hotels in and around the city centre, which are also close to various metro stops. If you’re looking for a boutique break in Italy’s fashion capital, ibis Styles Milano Centro near the Lima metro stop is a great choice.
Alternatively, our Novotel, ibis and Mercure hotels each provide low-cost luxury in one of the chicest cities in the world. Take Mercure Milano Centro, for instance, which is just a five-minute metro ride from the Duomo di Milano and many other city centre attractions. Check out the full list before booking your trip to the mecca of Italian football.