When & Where The Calcio Storico (known as Calcio di Firenze in Italy) soccer festival usually occurs 24th June. It has also been held on Easter Sunday in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy.
The semi-final matches are usually the second weekend of June also in Piazza San Croce and the finals are the thiord or last weekend in June.
What ? A big game of murderball in the middle of Florence, no rules.
Where to stay There's cheap accommodation and quality hotels available in Florence here. But book early as the town fills up.
Getting there Flights to Florence and anywhere in Italy can be booked here. You can also take a train to Florence here.
Italian Football Festival
Who The players at this Italian fetival are from the four old areas of the town. Those dressed in Blue for St. Croce, Green for St. Giovanni, Red for St. Maria Novella, and White for St. Spirito.All of the players are dressed in medieval breeches, and are supported by their die-hard local fans.
The Matches There is a procession, which begins at 4pm in Piazza Santa Maria Nouvella, which ends up in Piazza Santa Croce. The ground of Piazza Santa Croce is covered in sand. If a player has a bad shot on goal (caccie) it is half a caccie against his team. Games can last up to 50 minutes. This is the only rule.
The Calcio-Storico winners are awarded with massive steaks equivalent in weight to that of a white calf or bistecca fiorentina, which in old times was butchered for winning team and its supporters. Today it is merely symbolic.