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    Calcio Storico – Match of the Siege 2020

    Date: 17 February 2020

    Time: 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

    Match of the Siege 2020, the most important match in the Calcio Storico Fiorentino calendar of events, will take place on February 17, in Florence. The game will start around 4 pm in the Square of Santa Croce, in front of the church with the same name. Calcio Storico (Historical Soccer) is an early form of football appeared in the 16th century in Italy, a mix of rugby, soccer and wrestling, which today is still played in Florence. The four teams facing each other on the field are the Bianchi (White) of Santo Spirito, the Azzurri (Blue) of Santa Croce, the Rossi (Red) of Santa Maria Novella and the Verdi (Green) of San Giovanni. The game, lasting only 50 minutes, is very violent and often ends up with broken limbs and a lot of blood.   SHORT HISTORY The first match of Calcio Storico was held on February 17, 1530, when Florence was besieged by the army of Carlo V and Pope Clemente VII, who were trying to bring the Medici Family back to the city, from their exile. Instead of celebrating the Carnival, the people played a match of Calcio Storico, to make fun of the attackers. The popularity Read more [...]

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    Pisan June 2020

    Date: 28 May 2020 - 6 July 2020

    The Pisan June (Giugno Pisano) is a series of events that take place every year during the month of June, in Pisa, whose climax is represented by the celebrations held in honor of the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius), on June 17th. The Pisan June 2020 will take place between May 28, when the historical game of Mazzascudo will be held in Piazza dei Cavalieri, and July 6, when the ceremony of the Marriage with the Sea will happen.   SHORT HISTORY Originally, Giugno Pisano included only the Luminara held on the eve of the festival and the Palio of San Ranieri held on the day of the Saint, on June 17. Once every four years, the Pisan June also included the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, the historical reenactment event recalling the rivalry of the most famous Italian maritime republics: Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa and Venice, during which four rowing crews representing each republic compete against each other. In order to create a month of interesting events, the Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge) was also moved to June, on the last Saturday of the month. Over time, many other events were initiated, more Read more [...]

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    Vogalonga 2020

    Date: 31 May 2020

    Vogalonga 2020, one of the most beloved Venetian sporting events, will take place on May 31, in Venice. Vogalonga is a race of boats rowing around the islands of the lagoon, up to the island of Burano, over a total distance of 30 kilometers. This marathon of non-motorized boats does not have winners, or if you want, winners are all those who participate. Both a non-competitive boat race and a manifest against motor-powered boats which pollute the lagoon, Vogalonga gathers every year in Venice thousands of participants. Anyone can participate in the race, young and old, locals and people from all over the world, men and women alike.   SHORT HISTORY The history of Vogalonga began in 1974, when a group of friends organized a small race in the waters of the Venetian lagoon. Among them, perhaps the most fervent promoter of the event was Lauro Bergamo, who was the director of Il Gazzettino newspaper. The first Vogalonga took place on May 8, 1975, the day of the Festa della Sensa, when the race began in front of the Doge’s Palace, on a signal given by a cannon-shot. 45 years ago, in the first edition of the race held on Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Ranieri 2020

    Date: 17 June 2020

    Palio di San Ranieri (Regatta of Saint Rainerius) will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, along the river Arno, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2020, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri.   SHORT HISTORY The first information about a regatta in Pisa dates back to the year 1292, when a palio was held in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. After the Battle of Lepanto of 1571, when the Order of Saint Stephen fought on water against the Ottomans and captured the pennant of the enemy, a pennant that is now held in the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the regatta began to recall this event. Starting with 1718, the palio is disputed on June 17, for the anniversary of Saint Rainerius.   PROGRAM OF THE EVENT The Regatta of San Ranieri, preceded by a historical parade on the streets of the historical center of Pisa, is disputed among 4 crews representing the 4 historical districts of the city, two of Tramontana and two of Mezzogiorno – San Francesco (yellow boat), San Martino (red boat), Santa Maria (blue boat) and Sant’Antonio (green boat). Each crew Read more [...]