Based In Florence, the current football club was officially founded in 2002, but Fiorentina are actually among the historic greats of Italian football, with two championships to their name.
In 2002 financial irregularities forced the team to reinvent itself and submit to relegation to Serie C1. Fiorentina returned to Serie A in 2004 after a dramatic re-ascent of the tables and a change of name (briefly playing as Florentia Viola).
After Fiorentina - and their notorious fans - made their big re-entry into the top flight of Italian football, they have gradually been growing in stature.
Full Name : ACF Fiorentina
Team Colours : purple
Nicknames : viola
Stadium : Stadio Artemio Franchi, Viale Manfredo Fanti, Florence
Capacity : 47,200
Official Website : violachannel.tv
Serie A : 2
Coppa Italia : 6
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup : 1
The stadium is close to Florence's second train station: Firenze Campo di Marte (head up Largo Gennarelli). From the main station, Santa Maria Novella, you can either take a train to Campo di Marte or take bus numbers 7, 17 or 20.
Ticket information is available online from the club website's in the 'Biglietti' section. There is a plan of the stadium seating areas, prices, and a list of outlets in Florence where tickets can be purchased.
Florence is one of Italy's most celebrated holiday destinations; a beautiful art city with a colourful past. Reached easily from the UK via the nearby Pisa airport, Florence makes an ideal destination for a weekend break, giving you the chance to catch a top Serie A match and take in some of the sites.
Florence is home to some of the worlds top galleries and also has some striking architecture including the magnificent Duomo and Campanile. Being the regional capital of Tuscany, there is also much to do in the surrounding area, the towns of Siena and Pisa are close by as well as the beautiful Tuscan hills.
Interestingly, the Italian national squad's training base is at Coverciano, close to Florence. For the dedicated fan, there is a museum there dedicated to football, the Museo del Calcio.
For more detailed information on things to do and where to stay in and around Florence visit our sister website Italy Heaven - Florence.