The Calcio Storico Fiorentino (historic Florentine football) is still today a very important event to the city of Florence with many citizens warmly participating.
The tradition of Calcio Storico Fiorentino consists in three matches in which four teams, belonging to the historic districts of the city, confront each other: the Whites of Santo Spirito, the Greens of San Giovanni, the Blues of Santa Croce and the Reds of Santa Maria Novella.
The Calcio Storico Fiorentino was born in Florence during the XVI century and it is a mixture of football, rugby and wrestling. It is still practiced in an ancient square set up as it was in the Renaissance and using historic costumes.
The teams of the four Florentine districts compete one against the other during two semi-finals and the final when the winner is proclaimed.
The Calcio Storico Fiorentino was invented by the richest classes living in the Florence of those times: for this reason it initially was an exclusive of the aristocracy. At the beginning the event took place before the Epiphany and the Lent.
Instead, today it takes place in June together with other events such as a big parade involving the joyous participation of hundreds of people dressed in Renaissance costumes.