June is one of the best months to find yourself in Florence for many reasons. One of the main reasons you should visit during this time is to see the Calcio Storico Fiorentino. This extraordinary event is a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling. It originated in 16th century Florence and is played today in historical costume. The four teams of the historical neighborhoods of the city play against each other, first in two semi-finals and then the final match to determine the winner.
Piazza Santa Croce, located directly in front of the church Santa Croce, has always been the home to this game. The square is covered in dirt to commemorate a time long ago when the square was just dirt rather than stone as it is today. Bleachers are set up so that spectators can better enjoy the game and have a view of the action.
The whole city turns out to enjoy the spectacle for Calcio Storico is not just a sporting event but a celebration of Florence!
Last year several members of the #BDTeam traveled to Florence for Calcio Storico. Even though the games are not being held this June we want to pay tribute to the history and tradition of this unique sporting event. Is there something special to your home or area that differentiates it or is significant to you? Let us know in the comments!
Logan Armstrong | Filmmaker & Editor
Chris Sheperd | Filmmaker
Tommaso Fontanella | Director & Writer
Oliver Gallini | Producer
Special thanks to the city of Florence!