Historical Florentine Football / Calcio Storico Fiorentino 2019

In an age where the recovery of traditions and folklore has become so important, it’s no wonder that a very old tradition like the “Calcio Storico Fiorentino” has seen its international notoriety grow dramatically.

Even the Fiorentina soccer team decided last year to symbolize the connection with the historical identity of the city, by producing jerseys in the colours of the 4 calcio storico teams.

June is the month when the Historical Football Game becomes protagonist in Florence. The teams of the 4 historical quartiers of Florence challenge one another in an energetic competition to obtain and to win the desired award, the famous type of cow called Chianina!

The finale, like every year, takes place on June 24th, the day in which Saint Giovanni Battista, the protector of the city, is celebrated.

Quartieri Calcio Storico
Quartieri Calcio Storico

As a very old tradition, the historical football game, also known as “football in livrea” or “football in customs”, was revived in 1930, in the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Florence’s siege, when the first tournament among the city’s quartier was organized: Santa Croce (Blue), Santo Spirito (White), Santa Maria Novella (Red) and San Giovanni (Green).

Considered as the precursor of the modern football game, Florence’s Football involve 27 athletes per team. Almost every means is licit to win the competition and to pursue the goal, that is to bring the ball all the way the field and drop it off the net to score a goal called “caccia”.

Calcio in costume
Calcio in costume

The players of the two teams wear customs of XVI century to recall the historical game, played in February 17 1530, during the siege of the city by the imperial troops of Carlo V. As a disregard towards the invasors, the young inhabitants of Florence wore livrea customs (traditional medieval customs) and started to play football to be noticed by the enemies.

The element of the players’ uniform of the 16th century is also present in the sumptuous Historical Parade of Florence’s Republic, composed by more than 500 figures, that from Santa Maria Novella Square go through the central streets and reach Santa Croce Square.


15 June 2019 – First semifinal, Green vs Red
16 June 2019 – Second semifinal, White vs Blue
24 June 2019 – FINAL: White vs Red

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