Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Calcio Storico of Florence

Piazza della Repubblica
Opening Ceremony of Piazza Tunisi performed by the Calcio Storico of Florence.

Calcio Storico Fiorentino or traditional football played in costume dates back to the 15th century.

Woven with Italian brain, brawn and passion, the Calcio Storico was played in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce and in the areas of Via Il Prato, Piazza della Signoria or Piazza Santa Maria Novella in celebration of the Feast of St. John on June 24th. every year for over 500 years

Clad in medieval garters and pantaloons, players seem more preoccupied with attacking each other than putting the ball anywhere. Though the rules of the game are fairly complex, the aim is to seize the ball and put it in the net (which runs the entire width of the pitch) by whatever means available.

The game itself is said to originate from an ancient Roman ball sport, which became the sport of princes and noblemen in the golden age of the Tuscan capital. Today it is fiercely fought between the four Florentine quarters: San Giovanni, Santa Maria Novella, Santo Spirito and Santa Croce.