“June is one of the best months to find yourself in Florence, as it can be a lot of fun to watch the semi-final games for the Calcio Storico or the final match played on June 24, on Florence’s patron saint’s feast day for St. John the Baptist.” reads the invitation to Florence on the ‘visitflorence’ website.
I’d love to leave my city during June because it gets really hot and humid here. Even if I went to the beautiful city of Florence, I would never sit to watch a bloody sport as this.
Boxing is bloody, yet it has its boundaries. There are rules that protect a man from being killed. Calcio Storico, on the other hand, is fighting supposedly made fun by football. I am taking an educated guess that it’s football which is the fun part and not the horrid freestyle violence. I’ve always been an Italy supporter in my teenage years – Rossi, Roberto Baggio, Salvatore Schillaci, Maldini, etc. artists of ‘The Beautiful Game‘. There is nothing beautiful about Calcio, yet it’s a sad but honest revelation of the state-of-the-heart of mankind.
More here, on how Calcio Storico, the football game is played. The 600 year old game is a combination of rugby, soccer and wrestling – the most barbaric and brutal game ever.
- Initially it was to celebrate a saint’s (John the Baptist) feast day
- The tradition died with time (fell out of favour), until, fascist dictator Benito Mussolini revived the game in the 1930s
- Today, the game celebrates Florence, the city.
- The players play for glory; no more butchered calf, only ready-made food at a restaurant
The violent tradition still continues and has found favour in an increasingly chaotic world. A word that is rife with mental health issues. These games feed the lust deep inside a man’s carnal heart. It can never be satisfied without a spiritual awakening.
John the Baptist, was the greatest hero of faith who was sent to introduce Jesus into the world. He was a saint who was a voice in the wilderness, a voice against such foolish and violent hypocrisies of man.
Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11)