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    Florentine Football

    by fishandchips Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    Run Forest, Run............

    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!!

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    Florence's mountain

    by fgfi Updated Aug 9, 2004

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    Abetone

    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!

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    Swimming

    by Sonador3 Updated May 28, 2004

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    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.

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    Firenze Marathon

    by fgfi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Maratona

    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.

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    Watching a Fiorentina match

    by fgfi Written Aug 6, 2004

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    Fiorentina - Juventus 1990

    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.

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    CORRI LA VITA

    by fgfi Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    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.

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    Watch Fiorentina play football

    by Henrik_rrb Written Jan 8, 2008

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    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.

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    Run up the steps of the Campanile

    by fishandchips Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Your run starts here

    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......

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    watch a game of soccer

    by MStars Written Oct 29, 2003

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    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)

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    Ricciardi Gym - Florence

    by mariocibelli Written Dec 26, 2003

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    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
    Treadmills (6)
    2 Aerobics/Step Studios
    Outside garden to relax/take sun in
    2 Free weight rooms
    Women's weight room and exercise area
    Spinning room
    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

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    Capoeira

    by fgfi Written Jul 13, 2005

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    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

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    Kayaking in the river

    by ophiro Written Aug 31, 2005

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    Kayak

    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.

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    Florence by bike

    by Nexus7 Written May 25, 2003

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    wineyard house

    This was quite possibly the most enjoyable thing I did the entire time in Italy. For $55 we started off at 9AM and biked around Florence and the hillsides and vineyards of Tuscany. A grueling 14km of biking uphill interupted by a stop at a vineyard where we were shown the making of olive oil and wine. We then sat in the wine cellar which is kept very cool and proceeded to eat lunch that was served by our hosts. We talked to a winemaster who showed us the ropes and then were served two free glasses of wine and a shot of grapa which then was all available for sale afterwards. Absolutely terrific. Then we biked back down the hills and into town. The staff of this biking tour really deserved a lot of credit for their professionalism and entertainment. Be advised that the bike ride is not for the weak.

    Equipment: Bring your biking gear such as sweats and good gloves. The bikes, helmet and water bottle are given to you. the water bottle, which has the name of the place on it, is given to you for free.

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  • Short bike trip

    by Steve413 Written Feb 16, 2003

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    I took a 4 hour bike tour with a small company that was located just before you cross the Ponte Vecchio. Tour was a 4 hour ride starting on the left bank side of the Ponte Veccho and riding up to Piazzale Michaelangelo and through the nearby hills. We stopped for about 1/2 hour to have some fresh bread, cheese and wine. My tour had about 8 people in it - all were 35 years of age or younger.

    Equipment: Modern bikes and helmuts provided.

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    Scoccer

    by paddymc09 Written Jun 5, 2005

    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.

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