The Florence Marathon usually takes place at the end of November. People from all over the world come to Florence to enjoy a run which starts from the Piazzale Michelangelo going through the old part of the town and the Cascine park.
Calcio Storico Fiorentino, or Ancient Florentine Football (sometimes called Costume Football) is an ancient game that is a combination of soccer, football, and boxing. It is one of the most brutal sporting events in the world. Once a way that soldiers prepared for war, it remains as a game for only the very tried and tested. Each team has 27 players and there are not subsitutes. So if taken off the field, the team plays with less men.
Developed in the 16th century, the Azzurro (the Blues) belongs to Santa Croce, the Verde (the Greens) belongs to San Giovanni, the Bianco (the Whites) belongs to Santo Spirito and the Rosso (the Reds) belongs to Santa Maria Novella. Every June, on two Sundays just before the Feast of San Giovanni, there are two semifinal games to decide the teams for the final match. The championships take place on the feast of San Giovanni which is June 24th.
The stadium is a makeshift one built in June in front of Santa Croce with Dante overlooking the affair. Portable bleachers are brought in, and a field created with dirt, fence, and beds covered with red vinyl.
The only rule is that you cannot kick an unconscious player in the head. Players are carted off for various injuries that include broken bones. As the match wears on, the participants hold onto each other to prevent them from playing. There are high flying kicks, punches to the face, and hard tackling. The goals are the width of the end zone, and a player can be seen taking his full body and the ball over the end zone barrior to be awarded a point. The official is not immune to being punched as arguments break out during the match.
There is parade that starts in front of the Duomo on completion of mass. Flag throwers and drummers march the street to the Piazza della Signoria to Sante Croce. If it is the greens versus the blues, then they too are in the parade. There is a semifinal match the leads to the championship game.
Behind the pig in San Lorenzo market, there is a building which houses the society of Calcio Fiorentino, They meet to practice, and if you are fortunate, can see them during your visit/
This ticket is among the toughest to get as there is very limited seating, and the frenzy of the fans is high as fights break out in the stands as well. Plan and simple, you have to be crazy to play this game.
Equipment: A ball, but no protective gear.
Going to a football game in Florence for sure is a spectacular experience! The home crowd of Fiorentina is among the most colourful in Italy, and definately among those who most loves their club.
Even when Fiorentina went bancrupt back in the beginning of the 2000s, the spectators never let their club down. They had about 25 000 spectators at every game, while playing in the fourth division!?
Since a few years Fiorentina is back where they belong, in Serie A. And the owner family, Della Valle, has made sure to put as much money into the club that they can fight among the top teams in the league. With star players like Adrian Mutu, Christian Vieri and goalkeeper Sebastian Frey it's not a too huge problem that former hero Luca Toni left for Bayern Munich last summer.
As always now in Italy Fiorentina are playing at home every second weekend. Mostly on Sunday afternoon, but now and then also on saturday evening or Sunday evening. The best games to see are those against the other top clubs, like Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma.
With the new, much harder, rules in the italian football getting a ticket to a game is always a problem! Best option would be to ask at your hotel a few days before the match (as early as possible if it's a big game coming up) if they can help you out. You'll need your passport, as your name will be printed on the ticket, and then controlled against your passport when you enter the stadium.
The Curva Fiesole is the place where the most hardcore supporters, the ultras, stands. If you're not familiar with what is going on there, or where you should or shouldn't stand, that is not the place for you.
A first visit to Stadio Artemio Franchi would be in one of the two tribunes. Tickets quite much more expensive, but then you'll have your seat. And watching football in Italy isn't expensive, as in England for example.
For a good seat in the tribune you'll pay about 30-60 euro, maximum.
Equipment: A viola scarf could be nice to wear. If you're cheering for the away team, be neutral. Specially if you cheer for any of the big enemies, like Juventus, Roma or Milan, Inter.
If you're in the city during soccer (football) season and have some time to spare, going to see a game is one of the best ways to get a taste of the locals when they're at their most frenzied and energetic. I don't care too much for soccer, but I fully enjoyed watching and listening to the crowds cheer on their teams. One surprise for me - the opposing team's fans (the game I saw was Florence vs. Sienna) was kept in a locked, sectioned-off portion of the stadium throughout the game! The fans didn't seem to mind, it kept crowd violence from occurring, and it was definately a first for me in terms of what I've seen at professional sports events.
Okay - not really a sport but if you are in need of some exercise after too much fat producing spaghetti then this could be your thing. On the plus side is the opportunity to take some stunning photos at the top - once you are steady enough and have caught your breath......
This is a cross between ceremony, soccer, rugby and wrestling. It is one of the more unique sporting events in the world and the 2nd in the region with the famous Palio in Siena. Its origins date back to 1530. The game starts after the procession has left the field. The teams, formed of 27 players on either side, face each other for 50 long minutes when almost anything is allowed, blows quite often degenerated into violent fights and brawls. Apparently the head man - the Master of the Field - only intervenes when there are real fights.
The players have to pass the barrier of the opposing team and try to get the ball into the adversary's net which takes up the entire width of the field. The ball must be carefully aimed because, if a mistake or deviation is made, the opposing team wins the point. Each point corresponds to half a "caccia" and the teams change ends after every two half "cacce". The game is played by men in the colours of the ancient 4 quarters of old Florence. The game I saw some of was played in Piazza Santa Croce - in front of the Church.
Equipment: A mouth guard would appear to be a must!!
When i went to my Italy trip my boss in those times was a nice person that lives a few years in Italy (Venice) and he loved kayaking and he was also a rower or whatever they called a man who row a kayak.
so... when i was near the ponte vecchio , the old bridge i saw a kayak on the river and i tought i must take pictures of the kayak for him.
Looks like a very relaxing sport.
Capoeira isa brazilian martial art created by African Slaves as a means to protect themselves from their oppressors over 400 years ago.It presents elements of ritualized combat together with movements combined with aspects of dance, acrobatics, music and self-defense.
Classes are accompanied by musical instruments, drums, clapping and singing.
Equipment: White trousers and a white T-shirt
Try to get to a match to go see Florence play a game that you will never for get.
Do not drink the beer inside the place cause it is non-alcoholic, and you are also allowed to smoke hash spliff in-side as you will see when you sit down and get ready for some crazy-ness.
Abetone is a small skiing resort at 1400 metres on the sea level , near the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna,
As it's only about 90 minutes from Florence, many Florentines go there skiing and snow boarding from december to the end of march.
You can choose to go there for a week end or just for one day trip!
I don't really like going to the Stadium, but now that La Fiorentina is back again in the Premier League I think that it worths the effort ; ). And I have to say that Fiorentina's supporters have been very creative in the past.
Equipment: If you want to live the experience like a real local supporter go to the Curva Fiesole.
Corri la vita is both a competitive race and a non-competitive walk set up every year to raise fund for the research on breast cancer causes.
During the race many private gardens and villas are open and people can enjoy visiting them.
When I go to Florence, I eat a ton, so I like to work off the extra calories (other than by the usual walking like crazy) by swimming. This past trip I took a bus from the hotel to the Costoli/Palasport sports complex. It's a huge place with a couple of very large pools. IIRC, the admission was 5 Euros for all day and they have lockers, showers, etc. I think the lap pool was 50 meters with marked off lanes. There are other swimming pools in Florence preferred by tourists, and that makes them quite crowded. Which is why I like this one! :-)
Equipment: Bring your usual gear.
Largest gym (air-conditioned and over 1200 square meters) located in the historic center of Florence. Located in an old Medici family home, there is a plaque above one of the starimasters commemorating the birth of one of the popes on the premises in the 15th century.
Equipment: Stairmasters + Eliptical Trainers
2 Aerobics/Step Studios
Outside garden to relax/take sun in
2 Free weight rooms
Women's weight room and exercise area
Room with Machines
Very friendly and multilingual staff, also members are multicutural as lots of students from around the world.
Costs about 10 Euros for a walk-in visit.
Monday to Friday 900 to 2200
Saturday 900 to 1800
Sunday 1000 to 1400
go to campo di marte, east of the city center and watch a game of calcio!
i think they're usually on sundays, go to one of the tabacchis near the stadiuim and purchase tickets there. the die hard fans buy the cheapest tickets, but if you want to observe the crazy fans from afar, get the higher priced tickets. women get a 5 euro discount.
i think watching the fans is actually more fun than the game itself, they're PAZZI (crazy)