Rome, 13 July 2021 - Just before midnight, the scream of the UEFA Festival in Rome was heard all the way to Wembley. The Football Village in Piazza del Popolo and the Fan Zone of Fori Imperiali celebrated the victory of the national team after a month of activities and events. Almost 100,000 people populated the UEFA Festival in Rome, set up for UEFA EURO 2020, a touring tournament for the first time in its history. In addition to the final victory, Italy became the protagonist also for having set up the largest Fan Zone in Europe. Divided into two hemicycles, one fair with teqball, soccer fields, table football and play areas dedicated to children, and one with a stage and large screens for shows, Piazza del Popolo was able to host a maximum of 2500 citizens at the same time. The Festival was also able to enjoy the 4 hotspots in the center of Rome and the Fan Zone at Fori Imperiali, with a capacity of 1000 people. Limited access, dictated by the prevention rules for Covid-19, which have not stopped participation and the desire to restart.
With live shows, DJ sets, concerts and moments of solidarity, more than 500 artists took turns on the stage in Piazza del Popolo, entertaining the public for over 350 hours of programming from 11 June to 11 July. Among them, Stash of The Kolors, Irene Grandi and Annalisa. The protagonists are the artists of the music world, but also the rising cinema such as the Pigneto Film Festival. Live performances by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and the Roma Sinfonietta Association animate the square. There was also space for institutional and solidarity events. From the Fanfare of the Police to the derby against violence in the stadiums between Roma Cares and Fondazione S.S. Lazio 1900 on the field 3 against 3. The same setting that hosted the triangular tournament of journalists in memory of Gianni Mura. Finally, there was no shortage of tributes to Raffaella Carrà and Franco Battiato, featured in the playlists that accompanied the UEFA Festival.
Exciting images from EURO 2020 went around the world also thanks to the numerous media operators - 120 on average on match days - present every day in the Fan Zone and at the Media Center on the Pincio Terrace. The peak was reached on the evening of the final between Italy and England, with over 200 journalists from more than 20 countries, who wanted to tell the celebrations directly from Piazza del Popolo and the Imperial Forums. The culmination of a great event, which began on 11 June and ended on 11 July, held in the city center thanks to the work of Roma Capitale and Filmmaster Events, in synergy with UEFA and FIGC.