Yes, the football season has begun. It may seem only five minutes since the World Cup disappeared from our television screens (and let us not dwell on the performance of the Italian national team) but once again the Beautiful Game is with us.
And at the Stadio Porta Elisa in Lucca, hopes are high. After all, local team la Lucchese are on a bit of a roll, having been promoted in each of their last two seasons.
Associazione sportiva Lucchese Libertas 1905 to give them their full name or the “rossoneri” as they are commonly known from the colours of their strip now play in Lega pro 1 Division, otherwise known as Serie C.
A gripping season can be expected as the Lucchese battle to hold onto their new status, not least against local rivals in the same Division, Pisa ( first derby is at Porta Elisa on 17 ocotber) and Viareggio (an away match on 14 November).
Manager Giancarlo Favarin has made a great difference since he took over and as la Lucchese take to the pitch to the strains of “Nessun Dorma” once more, let’s hope he can do it again this season.
Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office, Piazza Curtatone (just outside the railway station).
You’ll need to produce your passport or other evidence of identity.