Calcio Storico

Football; but a little fiercer!

Add This

Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert


Calcio Storico Calcio Storico started out in 15th-century Italy; but though its name translates as ‘Historic Football’ in English, it’s not quite the sport we all know and love today. This is a very early (and rather more charged...) form of the game, thought to have its roots in Roman times. Still played in Florence’s Piazza Santa Croce every summer (usually June), it’s essentially a macho mixture of boxing, wrestling and football, played to raucous applause.

If you fancy casting your eye over this unique Florentine event, you need look no further than HomeAway for holiday accommodation. With thousands of villas and apartments in Florence and the surrounding area, you’re sure to find a great base for your stay. And with so much to see and do aside from Calcio Storico itself, it’s sure to be the break of a lifetime. Cheers, “oohs” and “aahs” at the ready - but be warned: this is not for the faint of heart!


 

 

A game fit for gladiators


   

Calcio Storico: History Calcio Storico: History

Also known as Calcio Fiorentino, Calcio Storico has mysterious origins. It’s thought that the sport may have originally been used to keep troops fit for battle, but as the centuries rolled on, young and wealthy aristocrats took a fancy to the game. Thus it was that Count Giovanni de’Bardi di Vernio wrote the first official rules back in 1580; that 54 players would be divided into two teams of 27, who would then line up in three rows, and... well, it’s all a bit ambiguous from then on!

View holiday lets in Florence Historic Centre

 
   
 

   

Calcio Storico: Aim of the Game Calcio Storico: Aim of the Game

The main objective of Calcio Storico is to score a goal; teams aim to throw a round ball over a four-foot high, wooden wall, by pretty much any means possible. If a team goes to score, the sole aim of their opposing team is to stop them; and really, anything goes. From tackling Rugby-style to kicking Karate-style, even clawing like a cat seems the norm! Limbs akimbo and ready for action, prepare for sand to be thrown and egos officially dented - this is a tournament fit for the fiercest.

View apartments in Campo di Marte

 
   
 

   

Calcio Storico: Ruthless Rivals Calcio Storico: Ruthless Rivals

The four teams that play Calcio Storico hail from four distinct areas of Florence: the Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Santo Spirito and San Giovanni teams are passionate about their heritage, and hold nothing back when it comes to winning the game. Sporting blue, red, white and green colours respectively, these ruthless teams make for great watching. Though as each game lasts for around 50 minutes or so, it’s a good job they’re carefully overlooked by a main referee, field master and six linesmen!

View Isolotto apartments

 
   
 

   

Calcio Storico: Spectator Sport Calcio Storico: Spectator Sport

Ever watched a documentary on Gladiators back in their hey-day, and thought how wonderful it must have been to watch from the stands? Well, that’s what Calcio Storico offers; but without (quite) so much ancient gore. With crowds lined up in the stalls cheering for their favourite teams, Calcio Storico’s a spectator sport like no other.

View holiday rentals in Rifredi

 
   
 

   

Calcio Storico: Pageantry Calcio Storico: Pageantry

Like any other self-respecting sport in Italy, Calcio Storico’s accompanied by a great deal of pomp and pageantry. Before each and every game, players are marched to the Piazza Santa Croce from the Pizza Santa Maria Novella, winding through the streets accompanied by drummers and trumpeters, revellers waving flags, and locals draped in their finest historical costume. Even if you don’t watch the game, the scene’s a spectacular one.

View accommodation in Galluzzo

 
   
 

Main Image © Romana Correale
Image 1 © Lorenzo Blangiardi
Images 2 and 4 © Alexandra
Images 3 and 5 © Jon Gonzalo Torróntegui

 

Holiday Rentals

Quiet Location Offers a Relaxing Holiday in the Fairytale setting of the Valle d'Itria

The Cherry Tree trullo was constructed in 1903 and has 8 cones (conical rooftops). It is found at the end of a lane, 15 min drive from Alberobello, Martina Franca and Locorotondo. The trullo is set in the middle of a 3.7 acre cherry orchard, inter...

Next To 18 Hole Golf Course, Opposite Award Winning Beach And Marina. Free Welcome Pack + Discounts

Large 7 bed, 5 bath villa, 12 kilometres from Marbella centre. 1,700m2 flat plot. Private garden, sea views. Sat TV, DVD and CD player. Located next to Cabopino 18 hole golf course, opp. beautiful Cabopino Marina & award winning beach. Large pool ...

Enjoy The Perfect Location With Views Over The Estuary All Combined With Fabulous Service

1 The Strand is located in the heart of Salcombe; 15m from the water and Normandy boat landing. The Strand is a stunning property situated in the epicentre of Salcombe. Sleeping up to 8 people, The Strand offers al fresco dining and relaxation on ...

Peaceful Location, Only 3 Minutes To Aquamarine Lakes, perfect for sight seers and explorers

Cortijo Las Olivas comprises of 3 (completely separate and private) stylish and well equipped self-catering villas, a large pool and Rose Gardens. This elegant and tranquil mountain valley complex is only 45 minutes from Malaga Airport and within ...

Check-in ... Chill-out .... "YOU-time" begins when you step through the door. Enjoy!

1st-floor 2 bedroom apartment, fitted, equipped & maintained to the highest standards for your comfort and relaxation. Modern, high quality furnishings and decor with luxurious bed-linen and towels. Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher and ...

italyFrance Valle d'Aosta Piedmont Lombardia Lombardy Emilia Romagna Switzerland Trentino Alto Adige Austria Veneto-Venice Friuli Venezia Giulia Slovenia Slovenia Croatia Tuscany Marche Umbria Lazio Sardinia Abruzzo Molise Puglia Campania Basilicata Calabria Sicily Europe Stati Uniti World

 


Search for holiday rentals

Search for holiday ideas
 


WIN £10,000 FOR YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY

Sign up to our newsletter

Our latest updates and special offers, direct to your inbox


Related Articles



Other Categories



Popular Articles