Exploring the magical world of the most popular sport.
The Italian Football Museum is not only a temple for football fans, but also a place full of fascinating exhibits that can be culturally educational for visitors of all ages. Located on Viale Palazzeschi, in the Coverciano district of Florence, it belongs to the Fondazione Museo del Calcio (Football Museum Foundation), which is committed to documenting the past and present of Italy’s national football team and the Italian Football Federation.
The idea of a permanent installation of this kind began to take shape when work began on the expansion of the FIGC Coverciano Technical Centre for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, at the initiative of Fino Fini, President of the Foundation. However, 10 years passed before work began and the museum finally opened on 22nd May 2000.
Exploring the rooms – a mix of memories and emotions.
The history of the Italian national football team and Italy’s most beloved sport unfolds through memories and emotions, with an exhibition itinerary full of “legendary” memorabilia. This ranges from pennants to jerseys that have made football history, World Cup mascots, trophies, cups and a historical multimedia archive of videos, images and sounds.
The museum has six rooms: the first houses memorabilia recounting the secrets of the Italian national football team, from its beginnings to its victory in the 1982 World Cup.
Among the small “treasures” on display is the jersey with which Azzurri striker Silvio Piola made his national team debut on 24th March 1935 against Austria, as well as the green jersey worn by Celestino Celio during the Italy–Argentina friendly in Rome in 1954.
The second room tells the story of the Italian national team from the 1990 World Cup to the present day.
In the third room, the focus shifts to the Italian women’s football team, while the fourth is the trophy room, including trophies from Italy’s four World Cup victories.
On the first floor is the fifth room, which houses temporary exhibitions – the current exhibition is dedicated to the Azzurri’s triumph at Euro2020 – and the sixth is a cinema room, where you can relive the history of the Italian national team through various videos.
To the delight of visitors, you can also visit the fields where the Italian national team trains.