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?
Florence Griswold’s house and garden, now a museum, has barely changed since the turn of the 20th century when artists escaped here to paint outside, says the director of a new film on American impressionism
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
The Calcio Storico – ‘historic football’ – is an ancient form of football from the 16th century, which originated from the ancient roman ‘harpastum’, and is played in teams of 27, using both feet and hands. Sucker-punches and kicks to the head are prohibited but headbutting, punching, elbowing, and choking are all allowed
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
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