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CASE machines prepare the field for Florence Historical Football

  • Published Wed Nov 3, 2021
  • Turin

CASE machines were called upon to perform a very special task in Florence: the preparation of a playing field in the evocative setting of Piazza Santa Croce, in the heart of the city.

This is where the Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Florentine Historical Football) match took place in mid-September, a game in costume dating back to the 16th century that mixes football, rugby and wrestling, with teams from the city's four historical districts (made up of 27 players or 'kickers') competing against each other. A competition that Henry III, King of France, described as "too small to be a war, too fierce to be a game".

This year, after being stopped in 2020, the event was held behind closed doors due to anti-Covid regulations and was broadcast live worldwide for the first time. Only two teams were involved: the Verdi of San Giovanni and the Azzurri of Santa Croce, who won 12-1.

For the occasion, the square was set up as it was when the game began, a dusty, unpaved esplanade. The preparation of the playing field, covered with sand, was done in two days of work with the collaboration of Vangi Srl, a company based in Calenzano (Florence) that operates in Tuscany and provides its services to major industrial groups, entrepreneurs and public bodies. CASE Construction Equipment machines were used: a 721G wheel loader and a TV450 compact tracked loader.

Fulvio Vangi explained: “600 m³ of sand was brought to Santa Croce. Thirty trips were necessary. But thanks to the two CASE machines working in tandem, we were able to unload the trucks and spread the sand carefully in just two days.”

The same two days were needed to clean the paved floor of Piazza Santa Croce, returning it to the thousands of tourists who visit the city every year.

A prestigious showcase for Vangi that also makes Ghetti, CASE dealer for Tuscany, proud. "Vangi has been our customer since 2017 and we are happy with the relationship of trust that has been created,” said Lorenzo Ghetti. “The company's CASE fleet includes no less than ten machines including crawler excavators, wheel loaders, mini-excavators and a compact tracked skid steer loader. We can see that they are satisfied with the product and service and we are delighted”.

The customer also relies on Ghetti for the supply of original CASE spare parts and for servicing and routine and extraordinary maintenance.

Ghetti Commercial and Industrial Vehicles
Founded in 1956 by Auto-meccanica Ghetti, which had been in business since 1938, Ghetti Commercial and Industrial Vehicles was a dealer for SIMCA, OM industrial vehicles and forklifts. It has been an IVECO dealer since 1975, the year IVECO was born; since 2012 it has been an ASTRA dealer for Tuscany and the province of La Spezia and since 2017 it has been a CASE dealer for Tuscany.

The dealership has three sales offices in Florence, Arezzo and Sarzana (SP) and a network of authorised workshops throughout Tuscany. With around 90 employees, it also works on rental and scheduled maintenance of construction vehicles and earth-moving machinery.

"Customer proximity and service are fundamental for us," says Lorenzo Ghetti. "We provide specialised consultants to provide commercial, technical and financial advice. And, in terms of assistance, Ghetti has always been known for its ability to intervene and solve problems, both with its in-house workshop, open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and with its network of workshops throughout Tuscany, available 24 hours a day".

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