Inside the Brutal Ancient Italian Sport That Combines Football, Wrestling, and Rugby

On a new episode of 'VICE World of Sports,' we check out one of the most violent showdowns on earth—Florence's 'Calcio Storico.'

by VICE Staff
Mar 8 2017, 10:00pm

On an all new episode of  VICE World of Sports, we head to Florence, Italy—a picturesque city steeped in history—to watch locals deck one another in the city's ancient game of Calcio Storico, which is played once a year. The 600-year-old sport combines aspects of rugby, soccer, football, boxing, and wrestling, making it one of the most violent showdowns on earth.

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