Quite obvious to see that what I had been informed was true, the Italians are not great supporters of the Europa League, plenty of choice for 'print at home' tickets and members of the Roma staff were spotted in the city during the day, attempting to entice tourists to buy tickets, from the number of different languages heard on the bus home, they succeeded plus a number of Scots in the city for the 6 Nations RU game on Sunday.
Not hard to get to the ground, Number 32 bus from close to the Vatican, but with a 9pm kick off not many buses around to jump back on, but they will arrive but not far to walk if you have a city center hotel.
Stadium is modern, good leg room, good views and usual football ground fare on sale. A number of bars on the river bank for beers pre-game. Do need your passport to gain entry.
Small crowd but the Roma Sud Curve and the Genk fans, stuck in NW of stadium made plenty of poise.
Game was very close and Roma will be happy they did not concede an away goal, the second leg should also be close and hard to call the result. Smalling was one of the better Roma players on show.