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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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    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 [...]