The Historycal Soccer of Florence, also called "Football in Livrea" (Livery) is a game that dates several centuries and today is one of the main attractions of Florence.
Today three matches are played in Piazza Santa Croce. The teams are four each wearing the livery with the representative colours of the district. Each game begins to cries of 'Viva Firenze!' and continues for an hour of continuous struggling and scuffling among players dressed in 15th-century costumes before the magnificent Franciscan church of Santa Croce. The ball is in there somewhere.
Many important people used to play the Historical Soccer:
Piero de' Medici, the son of Lorenzo the Magnificent
Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino
Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence
Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Francis, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantova
Cosimo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Lorenzo and Francesco de' Medici
Nowadays it is one of the most fascinating and spectacular event.
It is an historical tradition that animates the will to keep alive the tradition of the city, and which still boasts a large public.
The four historic districts are: the Whites of the Holy Spirit, the Azzurri of Santa Croce, the Rossi of Santa Maria Novella and the Greens of San Giovanni.