Florence is the birthplace of football in Italy. It is where the sport took shape and gained the name “calcio”
The team is called “Viola” due to the color of its jerseys; originally, however, the team’s colors were white and red, like the city’s coat-of-arms: the fleur–de–lis.
But why that color violet ? There’s no official explanation, but rather two theories: the most widely–known says that the color violet was the result of a mistake in washing the white–red jerseys.
The second theory, more centered on Florentine tradition, instead maintains that violet was chosen because of its close associations with the City of Florence. In fact, history remind us that the Roman founders gave the city its name because the hills and meadows surrounding it were covered with irises, violet–colored flowers. Continua a leggere