Football in Florence

The football team of Florence is called the Serie A Fiorentina, this team is one of the top teams in the Italian Premier League. The Football matches of Florence are played on alternate Sundays from August to May at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.

Website : Serie A Fiorentina

The second team of Florence is called Rondinella Impruneta. This team play regularly at the Due Stade and tickets for all matches can be purchased from the Toto Booth in Piazza della Reppubblica.

Website : Rondinella Impruneta

Florentines passion for football extends to the annual celebration of Calcio in Costume – every year, on the 24th June, an historic football match is played in order to celebrate the patron saint of Florence-S. John. All team players are dressed in medieval costumes and the celebrations go on well into the night.

Thanks to this very ancient tradition, Florence is a candidate for the paternity of the soccer game: it seems that the first official match took place here in 1530. When the tournament first took place, only members of noble families could participate, and the clothes were fit for the circumstance. But the thing that most distinguishes this sport is something definitely less noble: the rule according to which “everything is allowed”, that makes each match an out and out legalized brawl, with fights even in places very distant from where the action is. This ensures an interesting game. There are four participating teams, representing Florence’s four historical quarters: the Blues of Santa Croce (Quarter 5), the Whites of Santo Spirito (Quarter 3), the Greens of San Giovanni (Quarter 2) and the Reds of Santa Maria Novella (Quarter 4); the aim of the game is not that of scoring goals but of scoring ‘cacce’. After the game fireworks are displayed, they start at 22.00 from the Piazzale Michelangelo and are visible from everywhere in the city. Website: (in Italian only) Calcio Storico

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