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Saturday
Jun082013

LA MORRA

Morra is a hand game that dates back thousands of years to ancient Roman times. It can be played with two, three, or more players. Players throw out a hand showing zero to five fingers, and call out loud their guess at what the sum of all fingers shown will be. If one player guesses the sum (more)

Saturday
Jun082013

9,000 YEARS OF BOCCE

9000 years ago people played games similar to Bocce. Polished round stone balls with signs of having been rolled on the ground were found in Çatalhöyük, Turkey, and in an Egyptian tomb dated 3500 b.C. The Greeks played Bocce and Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, considered it a healthy activity. But it was the Romans that made it famous throughout the Empire. They invented wooden Bocce, cheaper and easier to make and to carry around. Emperor Augustus had a personal set made out of fine olive tree roots. In the Middle Ages Bocce was played by kids and adults, on roads, alleys (more)

Saturday
Jun082013

BRISCOLA

Briscola is one of the Northern Mediterranean most popular games. It is believed to have originated in the 1600s in Italy but a lot of people argue that it came from the French game Brisque. It is played with 2, 3 or four players and a deck of Italian cards. A deck of Italian cards consists of forty cards, divided into four suits: coinsswordscups and clubs. The values on the cards range (more)

Saturday
Jun082013

POKER COMES FROM AN ITALIAN GAME

Poker is a development of il frusso (played in Italy in the 15th century). In a Canzone of Lorenzo de MediciFlush (il Frusso) and Bassett are referred to. A similar but less game, called primiera, was also played in Italy in the 16th century, whence under the name of primero it traveled to Spain. La prime is mentioned by Rabelais (16th century); and later the game of ... (more)

Saturday
Jun082013

SETTE E MEZZO

Holidays: after a while, nobody talks to Grandma, nobody seems to relate to the pre-teen in the corner, your uncle is smoking outside, your aunt can’t shut up about her grandchild, it would be inconsiderate to tweet or check your FB page, you need a game that can get all generations involved. (more)