Soccer is a very popular sport in Italy and around the world. Last year while visiting the San Luca Church in Praiano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy I discovered a very lively game of soccer being played just above the church.
Most of the Amalfi Coast towns are built on steep hill sides where flat sections can be hard if not impossible to find. But with their love for the game this small soccer field with imitation grass and enclosed by a high wired fence is a source of great excitement on this pleasant Sunday afternoon.
There are no big bleachers here, because there's really no room. Instead handrails along the side and above the fenced in field is where the fans can enjoy the competition. I stood in between two very enthusiastic fans and became caught up in the cheering frenzy. It wasn't hard to do since I'm a sports fan anyway and staying in Praiano for three weeks gave me a sense of hometown pride. So I cheered along side my fellow residents. :)
The game was quite exciting and it was fun cheering on our team. During timeouts, the view of the amalfi coast and the beautiful green Maiolica tiled cupola of the Church of San Luca located just in front of the field was a wonderful distraction. :)
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