Events in Florence and surroundings: detail

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

21 June 2019 to 24 July 2019

The final of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino is one of the highlights of the Florentine summer. On June 24, which is also Saint John's Day, the Patron Saint of Florence, the finalists will face off in Piazza Santa Croce after surviving the semi-finals.

If you are in Florence on June 24, the Calcio Storico Fiorentino is a must-see event. This isn’t simply a traditional football game where everyone wears special costumes. The Calcio Storico Fiorentino is its own unique sport: the teams are composed of 27 players, each of which may use their hands and feet to throw or kick the ball. You could say that it’s a mix of soccer, rugby, and wrestling. In Italian, the players are not called “calciatori” as they are in football, but are instead called “calcianti”. The teams have been competing on the clay court set up in Piazza Santa Croce since the 16th century. The players take their positions in period costume, but once the whistle blows the traditional uniforms only remain intact for the first few seconds of the match.

The match starts at 17:00 in Piazza Santa Croce, but first you should be sure to catch the historical costume parade that runs through Florence from Piazza Santa Maria Novella to Santa Croce. The day of celebrations ends with fabulous fireworks that light up the entire city from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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June 24 Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Piazza Santa Croce, procession and grand finale with fireworks for Saint John, patron saint of Florence. Book now

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