Olympic Games 1960 Rome

17th Olympiad


Sports: 19

Discipline: 150

National Teams: 83

Participants: 5,351


   The Tickets 1960

The Section presented its estimates and the plans it had drawn up to a Committee of Experts composed of Messrs. Rastelli, Baglini, Marchesi, Righetti and Delia Vida.

In view of the fact that the printing of tickets by an engraving process would have involved approximately one year's work, whilst this time would be reduced to some 5-6 months by a lithographic process and also in view of the possibilities of forgery of the tickets since " no printing technique exists however complex that entirely eliminates the possibility of perfect imitations ", the Committee decided to adopt the least costly and most rapid process, namely, the lithographic process. It also decided to choose as the best defence against forgery a special filigrained paper easily recognizable by its touch and sound. In fact, the paper was manufactured exclusively for the production of the tickets, in sheets weighing about 80 grammes, in a 70 X 100 cm. format. 28 tickets of a 9.5 X 24.5 cm. format were printed on each sheet.

ticket olympic games 1960 rome

On the reverse side the tickets were illustrated with two-colour artistic Roman motifs, by the painter Corrado Mancioli, while on the front side were engraved and printed indications. A competition was held to decide who was to supply the tickets, the most well-known firms specialized in this branch being invited to participate. After careful consideration of the estimates presented, the Committee, composed of Messrs. Giuseppe Botti, Carlo Delia Vida and Tommaso Folinea, decided to entrust the supply of tickets to the firm of " Salomone " of Rome, whose offer was more favourable in price.

There were four types of tickets whose main characteristics in general were the same but varying in design, namely:
(a) Opening Ceremony - reproduction of the statue of Emperor Marcus
     Aurelius with a background of the Capitoline tower;
(b) Closing Ceremony - reproduction of the Trevi Fountain;
(c) Historical and Artistic Exhibition of Sport - reproduction of the
     " Young female gymnasts " from an ancient mosaic of Piazza Armerina;
(d) For all competitions - reproduction of the Capitol seen through the
     columns of the Roman Forum.

ticket olympic games 1960 rome

The tickets varied in colour for each sport (17 different colours) and varied in design for each venue (18 venues). Each sport also had a distinguishing design. 

The tickets were marked with coloured stripes varying in accordance with the necessary differentiation of the individual classification of seats in each competition venue. All tickets were marked to indicate the progressive numbering system, the venue, the entrance, place, date, and hour of commencement of each event; in addition they bore the letters " M ", " P " or " S " to indicate " morning ", " afternoon " and " evening " and the price of the ticket.

On the back, besides the progressive number being repeated, a small plan of the competition venue with indication of the various sectors was included, thus allowing the ticket holder to find his place more easily, and the official stamp of the Italian Association of Authors and Publishers.

ticket olympic games 1960 rome

Numbers of visitors:   1.436.100

The Firm of Salomone delivered the tickets in blocks consisting of 50 units each. Each block was marked outside with the progressive number, price and sport, thus facilitating the various dispatch operations when the time came.

( Source document:  Official Report 1960, Vol. 1, page 499)

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