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The annual Calcio Storico parade/ L’annuale parata del Calcio Storico Fiorentino
Here it is the fleur de lis, symbol of Florence/ Qui si vede il “giglio” di Firenze

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Ladies dressed in XVI century costumes/ Dame nei costumi del XVI sec.

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Colorful period costumes for men/ Costumi maschili variopinti

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A trumpeter/ Un trombettiere

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Look at the leather armor!/ Guardate l’armatura di cuoio!

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View of the end of the parade/ Il corteo visto dal retro

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Palagio di Parte Guelfa: headquarters of Calcio Storico/ sede del Calcio Storico

Last Sunday I was very lucky to see the annual historical soccer (calcio storico) parade walking through the center of Florence.
People, dressed in amazing XVI century costumes, carried the flag with the iris (fleur de lis), symbol of the city.
I saw fierceness and pride in their eyes.   They believe in keeping the glory of Florence still alive.
I admire them for that, although it’s easy for them because they are from the cradle of Renaissance age.
But how about us, who don’t have the same glorious background?
What is our relationship with the past?  Are we betraying it?
Is the myth of progress distracting us from our true nature?
Wherever I look, I have the impression that Disneyworld is devouring Italianworld.
There are more big stores, fast food shops and luxury brands and less family-run restaurants, small cinemas and local bookstores.
It’s a big shame that we are loosing the authenticity of our culture.  Shelter and food are not enough to make a quality life.
I want to focus on what is really important: spirit, culture and personal satisfaction.
That’s what is really mine and none has the right to tell me how to do it.

La scorsa domenica sono stata così fortunata da vedere l’annuale parata del Calcio Storico fiorentino attraversare le vie del centro.
Le persone in corteo, vestite con degli stupendi costumi del XVI sec., portavano la bandiera con
il giglio (in realtà è un iris), simbolo di Firenze.
Avevano una fierezza e un orgoglio nello sguardo; sembrava che realmente volessero tenere viva l’antica gloria della città.
Bisogna ammirarli per questo, sebbene per loro sia facile, essendo nati nella culla del Rinascimento.
Ma che possiamo fare noi, poveri mortali, che non proveniamo da luoghi tanto illustri?
Qual è la nostra relazione con il passato? Siamo sicuri che non lo stiamo tradendo, in nome di un’idea di progresso che ci sfugge sempre?
Ovunque vado, è come se Disneyworld stesse divorando la vera anima dell’Italia.
Sono sempre più numerose le grandi catene di negozi, i fast food e i negozi di lusso, a spese di posti familiari come trattorie, piccoli cinema e accoglienti librerie.
E’ un vero peccato perdere l’autenticità della nostra cultura. E non mi dite che, come esseri umani, ci basta avere a sufficienza cibo, sonno e calore per stare bene, e che il resto verrà da solo.
A me piacerebbe concentrarmi sul resto.
Perchè il resto è mio e nessuno dovrebbe dirmi come viverlo.

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About Celeste

An italian lover of style and elegance sharing her passions and her positive thoughts. Una italiana, che ama vivere con stile ed eleganza, condivide le sue passioni e le sue riflessioni sulla felicità.

5 responses »

  1. Hello, Celeste! I also can also add it is not easy to live in a land far from our origins and roots and, at same time, to realize the lowering, relativization and mercantilization of many life’s values and its most remarkable standards and references…

    Oh, I’m pleased to see these fleurs-de-lis. As a belover of Marie-Antoinette person, they promptly addressed me to the fact that they also are constant as elements in royal French Bourbon’s house heraldry!

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    • I agree with you. Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong century and in the wrong place! (I’m not from Florence)
      The fleur de lis has an interesting story.
      I think that aristocracy chose it as a symbol of their grandeur because there is a sense of classical beauty and elegance in its shape.

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      • Be sure I do easily understand what you meant about time and place, Celeste!
        Ah, fleur-de-lis – an icon of royalty by itself as you wrote… 😉

  2. Beautiful pictures. What is more beautiful are your three focus.

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