The Calcio Storico in Florence: agonistic ritual and the space of civic order - Italy

Frost, Christian W. (2018) The Calcio Storico in Florence: agonistic ritual and the space of civic order - Italy. In: Architecture, festival and the city. Critiques: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities, 14 . Routledge, Abingdon, Oxford, UK, pp. 97-112. ISBN 9781138362338

[img] Text (without images)
Chapter 6 (15031-2190-007.docx - Published Version

Download (88kB)
Official URL:

Abstract / Description

This chapter uses the emergence, evolution, and persistence of the Calcio Storico football match in Florence as a means to discuss the manifestation of festive order in relation to historic architectural settings. Although this particular competition emerged alongside the retreat of feudal and communal power in the thirteenth century, it continues to be fought between the historic districts of the city and because it continues reveal the conflict, violence, and disorder that often exists at the heart of democratic, agonistic institutions, and it retains some relevance to contemporary Florentine civic life.

Over time the game has often been adapted and co-opted to reflect the representational requirements necessary for the ruling order but in this process of change many aspects of the game have remained resistant to political manipulation. Consequently, the fact that an event such as the Calcio Storico still retains much of its original iconography is an important reference point for understanding both the idea of festival in Florence as well as, more broadly, the relationships that can exist between festival, architecture, and civic order.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Calcio Storico (Florence, Italy)
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 790 Recreational & performing arts
900 History & geography > 940 History of Europe
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Christian Frost
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 11:27
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 11:27


Downloads per month over past year

Downloads each year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item