About a week ago we bought tickets for the Calcio. It takes place about two feet from my door so I figured I would go. I had no idea what I was in for. It is medieval “soccer” aka, a fight to the death. There is blood and full on contact fighting. Like football, boxing, and water polo without the water all combined into one game.
So basically the game consistes of distracting the other team by fighting with them and then having a few of your players run the ball to the goal.
Sometimes player will grab on to each other on opposite teams to keep the other from participating in the game. It is ver strange because they end up doing things like this:
It looks like they are hugging. Or half of them end up on the ground like this:
The crowd was absolutely insane. Italians, as you probably know, like to rely on hand gestures when speaking. The entire game I had a hand in my face because someone behind me or beside me was pointing to the next two players on the field to start fighting. WE GET IT, the players are fighting! Its not like ice hockey when they randomly start fighting, they fight THE ENTIRE GAME. Ah, the wonderful Italians.
Santo Spirito beat Santa Croce 4-0.
Afterwards we grabbed dinner and then sat by the Arno watching the fireworks with every other Italian in the city. It was incredible. The fireworks were the best I’ve ever seen!
It was such a great day of cultural events! Every moment is worth it here.