Commonly played in Italian American communities and popular with older audiences, bocce is a game anyone can enjoy. Derived from ancient Roman games, it is played with miniature bowling balls, and a smaller ball called a pallino. Game lengths differ, but the basic rules are as follow:
- Form two teams.
- Determine which team is going to throw the pallino to the center of the court.
- The team that successfully throws the pallino bowls first, then the opposing team.
- The goal is to get as many balls close as possible to the pallino, points accrue each time a player successfully bowls.
- The team with the most balls closest to the pallino win!
I did not have the opportunity to play bocce during my study abroad experience, but it is a way you can bring a piece of Italy into your life if you are unable to take a vacation. Bocce is a fantastic summer game, I look forward to playing when the weather gets better! Until then, there are also a few mobile game apps for practice.