Calcio Storico – Modern Gladiator

Florence Italy in the 3rd week of June each year turns into a modern Flavian Amphitheatre. Four teams from their respective neighbourhood churches fight for ultimate respect and a cow. Invented in the 1500s the first official set of rules were written in 1580 by Giovanni de Bardi. Ordained ministers and even past Popes were told to take part in Calcio Storico, which see’s four teams play in a semi final and then a final held on the day of the Patron Saint of Florence. June 24th.

Elliott MacDonald

Founder and editor in chief of The Strathcona Publication. I grew up in a neighbourhood called Strathcona in Vancouver on the North side of Hastings Ave. It was colourful, and vibrant with all kinds of inspiring experiences. This is my tribute to Strathcona.

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