The minute I booked our little trip to Milan, my son was on his phone searching for information about how to get booked on a tour of the San Siro Football Stadium.
He’s football mad just like his Dad so a visit to the San Siro was naturally the first thing he thought about when we mention Milan and it was top of my list of to-do things when I was planning our trip as I knew how much they would both enjoy a tour of the iconic stadium. To be fair, we’ve done a few stadium tours as a family in our time (Old Trafford, Nou Camp, Barcelona, Anfield and the Riverside) and we always enjoyed getting behind the scenes, even my daughter who is most definitely not a football fan.
Getting to the San Siro Stadium was ridiculously easy on the Metro, it’s the last stop on the purple line (M5) and is aptly named the ‘San Siro Stadio’ stop. We worried about how we’d find it when we got out of the metro station as we had no directions at all but we needed have bothered as it was looming over us when we left the metro station!
The tours run between 9.30 and 5 on non-match days and we paid 50 Euros for a family ticket.
We headed to gate 8 when we got there and went through a bag check and some other security checks before we were able to go into the museum part of the tour which excited my husband more than any of us. There are various pieces of memorabilia in there that really excited him but to me, as a non-football fan it mostly just looked like glass cases filled with used football shirts and dirty boots. 😉 To him, they were shirts and boots worn in important matches by some of the biggest players in the world!
The tour itself takes place after the museum and is unlike any tour we’ve done before as it’s not a guided tour as such. You basically follow the signs between the different areas and when you get to each area there are members of staff on hand to tell you a little about the area.
I kind of like this approach as it means you can go at your own time and we had most of the sections to ourselves as it was a quiet day but at the same time I did miss the facts and figures and interesting little anecdotes that you usually get on one of these tours.
We visited the dressing rooms, the stands, the press area and went pitch side and although it wasn’t as interesting as any of the other tours we’ve done, it was enjoyable. We sat in the stands and enjoyed the shade for a good 45 minutes and then went for a water in the cafe in there which us back a fair amount!
The tour ends right at the stadium store (how convenient) which is very highly priced with the shirts costing around double what they do here in the UK!
All in all, we enjoyed the tour – my son especially! I don’t personally think it was worth the price but that’s me as a non-football fan talking. The football fans in the family totally disagree with me!