modern gladiators calcio storico fiorentino
modern gladiators   calcio storico fiorentino modern gladiators   calcio storico fiorentino
dec 13, 2012
modern gladiators calcio storico fiorentino

modern gladiators – calcio storico fiorentino
image © stefano pogliani 



every year in june and july, amidst the traditional ceremonies, parades and authentic colorful costumes, calcio storico fiorentino – the sporting
event originally traced back over 500 years ago in florence – is held. four teams rule the show – bianchi, verdi, rossi and azzurri – each with
27 combatants, battling to reign champion. re-visiting a time where competitive sports drew blood and broken bones, the spectacle fuses a mix,
of rugby, football, boxing, mixed martial arts and greco roman wrestling into an ‘everything goes’ type match.


the contest is held in a giant sand pit playing field, with the goal running the width of each end, the aim being to score a point without getting
pummeled by the opponent. after 50 minutes of continuous play, the match ends, with the winning team receiving massive steaks equivalent
in weight to that of a white calf.



modern gladiators – calcio storico
video courtesy david battistella



image © stefano pogliani 



image © stefano pogliani 




image © stefano pogliani 



image © nital

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