We happened to stumble upon this incredible spectacle by sheer chance… REALLY AMAZING TO WITNESS!
See info below…
Info thanks to google: Historic Football, or calcio fiorentino, is a Florentine traditional game which dates dates back to the 15th century. On its inception it was played by aristocratic young noble men each night between Epiphany and Lent. Games took place in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce and sometimes in other areas like Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza della Signoria or Piazza Santa Maria Novella in celebration of the Feast of St. John. Nowadays three games are played each year – two semi-finals and a final, which takes place on 24th June for the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, the Patron Saint of Florence. This was not always the case – organised matches only recommenced in 1930 after the sport had not been played for around two hundred years.
The matches themselves are held in Piazza Santa Croce and are preceded by a historic procession through the city centre, during which more than 500 participants parade the streets after donning the typical dress of the 16th century in order to present the teams to the spectators. The sport is competitive, and the matches are held between four teams which represent the four historic quarters of the city – San Giovanni (Greens), Santa Maria Novella (Reds), Santa Croce (Blues) and Santo Spirito (Whites). Teams are comprised of 27 players who compete over 50 fraught minutes, with the game often descending into frenzied outbreaks of arguments and fighting. There is a referee who is supported by six line officials and a Field Master who has the power to intervene in the event of fist-fights. The passion of the players is only matched by the spectators, who roar and let off smoke corresponding to their team’s colour when a goal is scored. The atmosphere created by the procession and match make the Historic Football events of each year one of the most exciting times to visit Florence.
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