Via Del Calcio – Anyone Know Why?

Recently I’ve been to Italy and spotted in Lucca a street called Via Del Calcio. The researcher and historian in me immediately wanted to know why. Sadly, I wasn’t in Lucca long enough to consult the local archives but I’m hoping someone out there does have the answer.

Calcio, for those wondering why I’m interested, means football, so this suggests the street used to be known for football or was named that way after a significant football related event or activity.

I’ve not yet researched the history of calico in Lucca but if anyone has or does have detailed knowledge I’d be keen to hear from them. You can post any comments in the comments area below or email me at

I’d love to get a definitive answer. Thanks.

1 Comment

  1. graward2003 says:

    Maybe “Calcio”, a history of Italian football (2006), by John Foot, provides a clue if you’ve got a copy.
    A reference to games between Lucca and Viareggio in the post World War One era on pages 20-22, and the violence surrounding them are the only things I can think of.
    It’ll be interesting to find out.


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