|The Calcio Storico Fiorentino, also costume football mentioned, is a play with very old tradition, whose origins lie in old Rome or even Greece. This in that Antique ones as Arpastum well-known play was played of Roman Legionaeren at sand places, whereby the players made themselves mutually the ball contentious and offered a pageant coined/shaped by combat spirit. With the time, particularly in the Renaissance, the rules were refined and the players of the two crews, 27 per crew, were set up to the goal in four rows to attack and defend with the task, and of obtaining a "Caccia" (speak, a gate). Today this kind is antique rugby a fascinating historical reminiscence. A large procession with more than 500 actors goes to the crews in costumes to 16. Century ahead, which pulls by the roads of the city. The meeting, which still kindles the pride of the citizens, takes place each year on the square in front of the Basilica di Santa Croce in June, on the day, which is dedicated to the protection patron of the city, John the Baptist.|
The costumes should have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.