- Experience the Calcio Storico in Florence

May 20, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News reports people heading to Florence hotels this summer may be planning to attend the Calcio Storico, one of the city's most ancient sporting traditions.

Believed to have its origins in Roman times, the game takes place annually in Florence's Piazza Santa Croce and usually attracts large crowds to the Tuscan city.

However, this event is not one for the faint-hearted, as it combines elements of football, rugby and boxing to produce a gruelling gladiator-style contest for the athletes.

While people who dislike the sight of blood or violence may be advised to stay away, those who attend the Calcio Storico are likely to encounter a thrilling and absorbing spectacle.

The game is traditionally contested by the four quarters of Florence - San Giovanni, Santa Maria Novella, Santo Spirito and Santa Croce.

Visitors watching the proceedings should also notice the unusual trophy presented to the winning team - a huge pile of steaks equivalent in weight to the more traditional prize of a white calf.

The Calcio Storico is held annually between June 24th and 28th, with the date of the final game likely to be determined closer to the time.

To make the most of the Calcio Storico - you should consider booking your hotel Firenze to avoid disappointment.

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