Calcio Storico returns on February 17th with the “Partita dell’Assedio”. The beloved game will be open to any and all Florentines and curious passerbys beginning at 4 p.m. in Piazza Santa Croce.
The game will be held on this day to commemorate a staple event in Florence’s history, where Florentines challenged imperial troops who once tried to besiege the city. The date is familiar to many, as it marks the true beginning of Calcio Storico back in 1530. During the invasion of imperial troops, an impromptu soccer game was played to show the Empire that they were not going to overthrow the habitants of Florence, which changed the course of action from then on. The same traditional game played on February 17, 1530, will be played once again, with the use of a sand field, hay bales, and other authentic touches to maintain the spirit of the original Calcio Storico.
The procession will leave the Palagio di Parte Guelfa for Piazza Croce at 2:30 p.m. Prior to the game, the traditional march of the Florentine Republic will take place, ending up in the Piazza where the game will be played. Blessings at the church will be made, and the entrance to guests will begin until the start of the game at around 3:45 p.m. After the traditionally allotted 50 minutes of game time have been played, the return of the Florentine Republic procession will be made back to the starting point of Palagio di Parte Guelfa.
Calcio Storico representatives discussed the importance of spirit shining on through the game, and that the game continues to ignite a sense of community and free-spiritedness within the Florentine community. The match will be the White versus the Green team. The long-standing tradition of Calcio Storico has served to unify Florentines and their prospective neighbourhoods, which is why the representatives believe that “true Florentines will be there on the 17th of February”.