‘You’re like a gladiator’: calcio storico players on the world’s most brutal game

Every year in Florence four teams of locals kick, punch and wrestle each other in an event that dates back to the 15th century. Why do they keep doing it?

10 of the best ways to enjoy Florence … on a budget

Visit Florence’s famous museums and galleries for free, eat authentic Tuscan food in markets, and then head to a free film screening or dance performance

Top 10 budget restaurants and lunch spots in Florence, Italy

Florence’s food scene is being celebrated at its annual Taste gastro-fest from 7-9 March but year-round the best of the city’s restaurants offer innovative meals that are perfect for travellers on a budget

The Oltrarno, Florence’s forgotten southbank, gets a tourism makeover

Long overlooked, its squares used as car parks, the area across the Arno river has been transformed by Florence’s mayor, who is determined to put it on the culture-hunter’s map