Calcio Storico

For three epic days each year, Florence’s central square hosts an ancient sport where teams of men kick, punch and pummel their way to glory.The field is a giant sandpit with a narrow slit of a goal running the width of each end, while twenty-seven players make up each team, and the ball can be hit with feet or hands. Fight tactics such as punching, elbowing and martial arts techniques are all allowed, but kicks to the head are forbidden, as are fights of two or more against one.

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