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Calcio Storico

Listed under Festivals in Florence, Italy.

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This is football played with real passion… and combined with bare-knuckle fighting. The game of Calcio Storico dates back at least as far as 1530, when four Florentine teams played each other in rebellion against the occupying French. Today, three games are played in late June and early July each year in honour of Florence’s Patron Saint. Each one is preceded by 16th Century-themed parades of foot soldiers, bands and local dignitaries, and participants dress in colourful period costume, which is rapidly ruined in what can be a bloody battle.

Emotions run high and locals support their teams with real fervour, but the whole event is concluded with a conciliatory costumed celebration and feast.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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