This is a spectacular sports setting, just by the river, and the Fascist era statues are so powerful that you can not stop looking at them. Their eyes seem to follow one, too, in an erie way. If you are coming for the tennis it is easy to take one of the public buses which stop right in front of the (temporary) ticket booth. My recommendation, if you are in Rome already, is to go before the main tournament begins, and avoid lines by picking up tickets in advance. I believe the ticket booth was set up on the Wednesday or Thursday prior to the tournament. Otherwise, expect to stand in a rather haphazard line for about an hour. The Friday prior to the Sunday main draw is a training day...for a few euros you can check out the beautiful courts and art, sit in on the training session for tennis instructors, and see some of the top seeds working out. The training session for the instructors was entertaining...some of the little kids came out and demonstrated the drills on the court! Looking north from the stadium the landscape is wooded and hilly, very peaceful. Just across the river is a Metro station and numerous excellent restaurants.
Warning: do not try to go anywhere near the Foro if a soccer game is imminent! Bridges and road nearby blocked off by police, and traffic is practically at a standstill for all!
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