Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Events / Sport

Calcio Storico

  • Photographer
    Stephen Ambrose
  • Agency / Studio
    Stephen Ambrose Photography
  • Technical Info
    Nikon D810 & Canon 1dx Mk2
  • Photo Date
    June 2019

Calcio Storico is a game fought between the four districts of Florence Italy every year. Twenty Seven men in each team play a fifty minute game. Two semi finals on the third weekend in June and then the final always played on the 24th June, La Festa di San Giovanni (the feast of John the Baptist). The game has been played since the sixteenth century in the Piazza Santa Croce. Passions run high. They do it for the love of their districts. No money is involved. The rules are no sucker punches and only one on one fighting but apart from this pretty much anything goes.