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

modern gladiators calcio storico fiorentino

modern gladiators – calcio storico fiorentinoimage © 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 storicovideo courtesy david battistella



image © stefano pogliani 



image © stefano pogliani 




image © stefano pogliani 



image © nital

  • So superficial – where is the relation to design topics – is it the costumes…?

    C says:
  • Crazy

    Ro. says:
  • Well, I think some things are a bit unhistorical, first most of them are very athletic and muscular, I doubt most participants were that way. Plsu the fighting style is very innacurate, some use MMA techniques, I see brazilian jujitzu take down techiniques, martial art kicks… I bet the techniques they used back then were much more clumsy and gladiatorish styled then modern MMA style…

    What? says:
  • having seen this… i have the suspicion that Silvio WILL be back.

    mariano says:

    Ignacio says:
  • i just don’t see any modernity in this.

    also, don’t see any design in it. what’s next bullfight?

    hugo says:
  • Perfect excuse to get intimate.

    Cesar says:
  • Either be a fighter, a footballer, or a rugby player – there should be no place where all 3 are encouraged at the same time. You may as well call this competition “Thugball,” as none of the 3 disciplines involved are carried out with much in the way of skill.

    Col says:

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