Calcio Storico Fiorentino. Azzurri vs Rossi battling it out in a sand covered Piazza Santa Croce. Photo by Lorenzo Noccioli.
The world famous and brutal Calcio Fiorentino (aka Calcio Storico) football matches still take place here every year in June. Each teams fields 27 players in traditional costume and both hands and feet are permitted, as is head-butting, punching and choking. See a tourist video of the Calcio Storico in 2006.
Michelangelo’s tomb (aka Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, died 1564) in the Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence. Photo by Giovanni Dall’Orto.
The Basilica of Santa Croce’s claim to fame is the number of celebrated figures either buried or memorialised there, including Dante, Galileo, Niccolo Machiavelli, Rossini and Marconi. This is the largest Franciscan church in the world, containing sixteen chapels, many decorated with frescoes by Giotto.