This Sunday is the final of Euro 2012. After Italy beat Germany 2 – 1 in last night’s match, Sunday in Italy will be crazy. The Italians love football and given the celebrations from the semi final, there is sure to be one big celebration if they win Euro 2012.
The main square, Piazza Bra, is one of the best places to watch the game. When England played Italy earlier this week, all eyes were glued to the tv. The Piazza Bra was busy, but only in the restaurants that were showing the match. As it is summer, people will also be dining outside in the Piazza Erbe where more restaurants will be showing the game. It is a great way to attract new customers as many people passing by will stop to take a look at the match and may even grab something to eat as well.
Venice is a very romantic city, but that doesn’t mean they do not watch the football. Italians are passionate about the sport and what better place to watch it than by the canals. Riva Delgli have many restaurants where you can have dinner, watch the boats pass and in some watch the football as well. There are a few sports pubs in Venice. The Raging Pub in Campo Santa Margherita prides itself on being one and serving the best beer and spirits in town. There are about 60,000 people living on Venice island, and as it is now summer, there will be many more tourists renting holiday apartments in Venice, so expect crowds on Sunday.
This city in the heart of Tuscany, will no doubt be buzzing on Sunday for the final. There are many places to watch the Spain vs Italy game. The Finnegan Irish Pub on the Via San Gallo, near the main train station is the only Irish owned bar in Florence. They will be showing the game and will be serving their Irish beer. The House of Sizzle is another favourite which is on the Via Dei Benci. It is a mixture between and British and American restaurant and sports bar,. Alternatively, head down to the river to watch the game on the outdoor big screens, they will be serving drinks and bbq food as well.
The Romans are more passionate about football than those in Florence and Sunday will be a big party even if the Italians do not win. For those that want to be in the heart of all the action, there are many sports bars to watch the game. There is a Finnegan Irish Pub in Rome, on the Via Leonina, but if you fancy a real Italian bar, head to the Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa’ in the Tastevere district. There will also be big screens in many of the piazzas across Rome such as the Piazza del Poplo and the Piazza del Verano in San Lorenzo.
Wherever you are in Europe, make sure you watch the Euro 2012. Kick off is at 19:45 UK and Lisbon time or 20:45 European time. It is set to be one of the best games of the century.
Written by Jo Turnbull