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Calcio Storico Fiorentino

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It’s on like donkey Kong

Full on medieval costumes, flag twirling and throwing , and martial arts mixed with rugbyesque... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
via mobile
The opportunity of a lifetime if you get to see it

We just happened to be in the right place at the right time and got tickets to this yearly event... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Brisbane, Australia
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7 Jul 2018
“It’s on like donkey Kong ”
26 Jun 2018
“This was what we came for!!!.and we may have well stayed at home.”
This is not your usual football match, this rough and ready match dates back to the 16th century, and is held in a sand-filled piazza in front of the Santa Croce church. Players wear medieval-style costumes and can punch, kick and elbow their way...more
Piazza della Signoria 1, 50122, Florence, Italy
San Giovanni
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Full on medieval costumes, flag twirling and throwing , and martial arts mixed with rugbyesque football game. Great atmosphere at the final and buy your tickets only from the ticket office once a year. Wear your team colours and join in the chanting- once in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank flameon70
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Just spent a very very frustrating weekend in Florence trying to see the Calcio.Do not waste your time trying to get tickets!!!,there's more chance of meeting the Pope!.Box office is useless when trying to purchase online,basically you CANT!...We tried everything,trolling around bars,asking shop owners,tour guides,police...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank jefft370
Reviewed 31 July 2017

I wish I could merely comment on the previous post but I hope this helps someone else. I went to Box Office Toscana in person to see about tickets as they were the official seller and the only online option was a 500 euro package....More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank akb8a
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We just happened to be in the right place at the right time and got tickets to this yearly event. What an extraordinary spectacle!! The costumes, the music, the flags, the athletes all create an atmosphere for this ancient traditional event. A bit violent, but...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank hitzen
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I had tried unsuccessfully to get tickets online to the finals of the 2017 Calcio Storico ("historical football'') match but went to the Piazza Santa Croce anyway in order to try to see the pre-match parade and learned from a gate guard that tickets were...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Greg P
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This is as close to a gladiator match as you can get. I heard it described as WWE/Rugby/Soccer combined. You have to turn your head to the violence. Interested and historical. This was Cosimo the First's (Ducal) passion.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank DonCornutt
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Whether you get tickets or not to the games themselves this is an excellent time to be in Florence. That’s because there are a large number medieval pageants and events surrounding the games that you can easily run into for free whilst exploring the city....More

Date of experience: June 2016
4  Thank Vicki B
Reviewed 23 June 2016

I have visited it last year. It is very funny to see all these dressed men with their colorful old time costumes. There is a lot of music and joy. I felt like being in another century.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank 353deyanb
Reviewed 18 June 2016

I remember the first game of historic soccer did not even get a chance to finish because too many of the players were sent to the hospital! It was rdiculous and I thought the whole was quite silly but today I saw the parade and...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank elizabethleemonroy
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