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There's only really one game in town when it comes to spectator sports: calcio. To Italians, soccer/football is something akin to a second religion, and an afternoon at the stadium can offer you as much insight (if not more) into local culture as a day in the Uffizi. The local team, Fiorentina (nicknamed i viola, "the purples"), plays in Italy's top league, Serie A. You can usually catch them alternate Sundays from September through May at the Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi, Via Manfredo Fanti 4 (www.violachannel.tv). Tickets are best bought ahead of time from Chiosco degli Sportivi, Via degli Anselmi 1 (an alley off Piazza della Repubblica; tel. 055-292-363). To reach the stadium from the center, take a train from Santa Maria Novella to Campo di Marte (5 min.) or bus no. 10 from San Marco.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.