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Derby Della Lanterna: Genoa vs Sampdoria

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3 days


Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 15 people




COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Travel looks a bit different at the moment, given the advice is ever-changing and will vary depending on where you live Homefans is not publishing specific information however for entry to Italy we are linking here to the National Tourism Agency of Italy where you will find the latest advice.

For entry to the stadium you Italy has implemented a Super Green Pass.  You will need to show a COVID pass issued by your national government which proves vaccination.  See more info here

Last updated. 30 Nov.

Derby Della Lanterna: A scream for recognition

Old towns in Italian city centres usually enjoy good reputations. Venice is pretty much an open-air museum where people happen to live. Millions of people flock in at the same time to admire the old Rome. Milan’s sensationally beautiful Scala played host to the recent FIFA Awards night. Genoa pales in comparison.

Genoa is home to Christopher Columbus, the best pesto to be found this side of heaven and an addictive type of bread called fugassa. The medieval city is known for its super narrow alleys and for building really high. A temple devoted to Italy’s second most important religion: calcio. Genoa’s footballing heartbeats all in one place. The Stadio Luigi Ferraris is home to both Sampdoria and Genoa, meaning that Serie A football is played there in every round of the Italian fixture list.

Mind you, it is not just any stadium. Dutch football magazine Staantribune included Luigi Ferraris in a list of 25 grounds that should be on your bucket list. The sacred stadium, housing just over 36,000 tifosi, is named after the Genoa captain who died in battle during World War I.

Who visits the stadium in the current situation, will find maintenance to be lacking somewhat. Sampdoria and Genoa have spoken about moving, but no plans have been set in stone as yet. The lovebirds will be housemates for some time still. The house might be old, but certainly worth a look. Walk down the stairs in the direction of the ground and take in the views. Grab a pizza at Pizzeria Stadio, which as the name predicts is situated only a handful of minutes away from the main entrances, and have look at the little bars at the stadium.

The north stand is currently Genoa territory, with the more vocal Sampdoria supporters settling in the south stand. The steep main stands are reminiscent of classic English football grounds, where people are sat close to the action. For a pre-match bevvy, Piazza Manin or its surroundings are best, with it being located only ten minutes from this cathedral of football. Twice a year, things get better and both teams meet each other in the Derby Della Lanterna. The inter-city clash in Genoa lends his name from the 16th-century lighthouse, still serving as the chief symbol for the city of Genoa.

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Homefans and their local hosts are now taking 2021/22 bookings for Deby Della Lanterna for the below dates. 

Sunday 12 December.  Genoa v Sampdoria.  First day of the tour will be Saturday 11 December. 

Sunday 01 May.  Sampdoria v Genoa.  First day of the tour will be Saturday 30 April.

You can secure your place with a 30% deposit and should circumstances change this becomes credit for any future trip. For more information about our flexible policies scroll down to read our FAQs or visit our Book with Confidence page.

Note: there is always the possibility that the match will move to Saturday, we suggest you book a flight which arrives as early as possible on Saturday, or if you wish we can book you an additional night. Contact us for prices

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  • Experience one of the biggest games in Italy: Derby Della Lanterna
  • Explore an amazing Stadium Tour
  • Go off the beaten path to an underground lower league game (if available)
  • Learn about the city and its history
  • Optional tour in Genoa


Day 1 - Welcome & Stadium Tour
Day 1 - Welcome & Stadium Tour

Immerse yourself in the magical city of Genoa and its culture!

After arrival and check-in, your local host will show you around and make you an amazing sightseeing through the old streets of the city. History lessons and storytelling will unveil some of the local secrets and get you familiar with the football culture.

Speaking of football, after sightseeing and meeting your fellow travelers, we make our way to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, used by both Genoa and Sampdoria. We get a guided tour and learn more about this iconic stadium often referred to the neighbourhood where it is located: “Marassi”. Opening in 1911 with a seating capacity of 36,703, the stadium is one of the older grounds still in use for Football and Rugby in Italy.

Day 2 - Match day
Day 2 - Match day

Because let’s face it, what is funnier than winding each other up?

Genoa can rile their enemy by profiling themselves as the city’s club for it is they who hold the eldest rights. Sampdoria, on the other hand, still has tens of thousands of tifosi who can clearly remember the good times, whereas nobody remains to tell the tales of Genoa’s glory days. In short, this is a clash between old and new, between the establishment and newcomers. And they even play in the same stadium!

So prepare your mind, body, and soul for an intensity you have never experienced!

Your local host will lead you on the journey through the city's crackling match day atmosphere and noisy streets. You'll see filled with supporters chanting their songs, all the way until you reach the stadium, which is always heavily divided between the two ultra groups.

Here you'll witness the famous Derby Della Lanterna football and find out why it's definitely worthy of the name. After an insane 90 minutes, you'll meet for some farewell drinks before returning home the next day.

Day 3 - Free time and Goodbye Genoa
Day 3 - Free time and Goodbye Genoa

Your weekend at the Derby Della Lanterna is over, but the adventure has only just begun. Be sure to exchange contacts with your new friends and take some time to reflect on what you've experienced. Your next Homefans adventure might not be far away!

What you get

  • Official Match Ticket Genoa v Sampdoria (Distinti)
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in 3* hotel in Genoa (Twin Rooms)*
  • Guided stadium tour
  • City tour Genoa
  • English Speaking Homefans Local Host
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return Flights
  • Tips

The Location

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Will the stadiums be open in 2021/22? At what capacity?

Homefans believe that stadiums will be open to fans, however we cannot at this stage confirm what the capacity will be.  However our flexible booking policies mean that if the stadium will only accept 50% fans and you decide you only want to travel with 100% attendance you can swap to another venue or another date.

Will I need to prove I am vaccinated? Or show a negative test?

This will vary destination to destination and based on your nationality and age. Therefore Homefans are not able to advise on this.  Please check the foreign ministry of your destination and home country and the stadium requirements.  Again, if you find the requirements too much you can defer to later in the season/year when they relax further.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away- should I still book?

We believe so, we all need something to look forward to.  But we understand that people may be apprehensive which is why we have created a flexible cancellation policy which means in the event that the event does not happen the amount paid simply becomes Homefans credit. 


You can transfer this to a later date (with no time limit), transfer to another tour, or even give it to a friend. This flexibility also applies if you decide to cancel for any reason (as long as you give us 45 days notice)

Do I have to pay the full amount when I book?

No, you can secure your place with a deposit of just 30%, then pay the balance at least 4 weeks before your trip date depending on your destination.

Where in the stadiums will we be sitting?

If we know where you will be sitting we always mention this is in the inclusions section.


Unfortunately we are not always able to tell you that at the time of booking, however our destination managers work tirelessly to make sure you get the best seats. We always aim for the long side of the home supporters section.

How many people will be on the tour?

The maximum number of people the host will allow is stated above. However this number may not always be met and it may even be possible that your party is on the tour on your own. Higher numbers make for a more sociable experience, lower numbers make for more personalised attention from your host. Look at it as a win/win!

Can children / young adults join the tour?

If we can accept children there will be an option in the booking flow. However for many trips our local hosts take the decision, based on the content of the tour, to open this up to adults only. If you are looking to travel with under 18’s, please feel free to contact us and we can discuss your options.

Can you cater to dietary needs or requirements?

Our local hosts will do everything they can to cater to travellers’ needs. It’s a good idea to share your requirements at the time of booking so that our host is able to make the required preparations

Will I have to share a room?

In order to keep the costs low we always offer prices based on 2 sharing. If you make a booking for an odd number of people you or another member of your party may be paired with another traveller of the same sex. If you wish you may pay a supplement for a guaranteed single room. Simply make your booking as normal and get in touch with us to arrange this.


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