Calcio Storico – Florence’s ancient ball sport

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

It’s Calcio Storico time, the historic football tournament played each year in Florence‘s Piazza Santa Croce. Arising in Florence during the 1500s, Calcio Storico (a.k.a. Calcio Fiorentino) is believed to have taken inspiration from games played during Roman times. It was the game of choice for the Renaissance ruling classes. Even Popes (including the two Medici […]

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Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista 2015

Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista

In honour of Florence’s patron saint St John the Baptist – San Giovanni Battista – is the annual Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista. The Florence festival runs from Saturday, 13th until Wednesday, 24th June – culminating on the the feast day of St John the Baptist. Combining Art, Music, Spirituality, Community and Learning, this […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #4: Best way to travel around Italy

Transport in Italy

Our latest Italy travel tip comes from our guide, Kane, a regular train-traveller in Italy. Italy travel tip #4: Catch the train! When travelling between cities in Italy, it is usually quicker, faster and cheaper to catch the train rather than to drive in Italy. Italy has an excellent public transport system, particularly for trains. […]

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