Florence historical football: the re-enactment of the siege match.
On February 17th the Municipality of Florence collaborating with the Florence historical football and the Associazione 50 Minuti; will stage the historical re-enactment of the siege game.
In 1530 on February 17 in Piazza Santa Croce the Florentine Republic launched one of the most important challenges to Emperor Charles V. During a siege by the imperial troops that lasted for 4 months, the people of Florence but also the soldiers who defended the walls from the siege met in front of the basilica; here they played the most famous football game in history.
The siege was a consequence of the intricate international politics of the 1920s that led to the terrifying Sack of Rome 3 years earlier. In the city of Florence the Medici, already seen in a hostile way by the republicans in the city, tried to hide the news of the Sack of Rome. But it could not remain hidden for long, and as soon as it was known the Florentines rose up and forced the Medici to abandon the city, thus reviving the Florentine Republic. The Republic was short-lived because the Medici allied themselves with Charles V to reconquer Florence.
It was a long and exhausting siege, the main communication routes were blocked, the price of food was very high; moreover, the costs for the war were burdened and the plague was added to make everything worse.
But the Florentines were as proud as ever, and it was precisely that pride that pushed them to play the game to send a strong message to the imperial army.
Details of the event.
The event will begin at 14:30 with the departure from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa of the procession to Piazza Santa Croce, at 15:00 the procession will enter the church and there will be a blessing. At 15:30 will enter on the field accompanied by the flag wavers and at 15:45 will begin the game reminiscent of Calcio Fiorentino. At the end of the game, around 16:35 the procession will return to the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, following the intial route.
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