In the first game, Cittadella's opponents were Padova from just down the road. After walking the medieval walls that tower 15 metres around the old town, we made our way to the 8,000 capacity Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato. On route, we encountered a convoy of flag waving, gesticulating visiting ultras arriving on scooters. The stadium was packed, a large contingent of Padova ultras behind one goal, our end of the stand was occupied by both home and away fans. This local derby was a feisty affair, but the home side missed a penalty in a scrappy first half. Padova were more prominent in the second half, scoring a cracking goal, before the home side levelled with a near post header. Final score: 1-1.
Second up was a visit to the Stadio Romeo Menti in Vicenza, where the visitors were Ternana from near Rome. Vicenza were chasing a play-off spot in front of about 9,000 fans and expectations were high. A goal up from a first half penalty, Vicenza then conceded an equaliser, which was lashed home in front of the home ultras. The crowd were not at all happy with the result, the players tentatively approached the curva at the end to meet their fate. Final score: 1-1.
A water taxi on the Grand Canal from the railway station to St Marks Square, then meandering through the back streets of Venice on the return leg finished off a cracking trip.
Now for the detailed planning ahead of the next trip to France and Belgium at the end of May.