Like most countries, Italy has traditional games that have been passed from one generation to the next. Many of Italy’s games are still played and enjoyed today by both children and adults alike. Here are some of the traditional games
The game, Morra, is played with your hands and dates back thousands of years ago to ancient Rome. Every player reveals their hands at the same time and calls out a number. Any player who is able to guess the total number of fingers revealed by each player combined scored a point!
Nearly every country that plays Foosball, or table football, lays claim to being the country that first invented the game and the Italians are no different. Although they may not actually have invented the game they call calcio balilla, they are the leading manufacturers of this game. It is for this reason that many consider this to be an Italian game. There is evidence to suggest that the Italians began playing this game at the end of World War I and it remains popular to this day.
Piastra o Bocce
The game of piastra, or plates, was played by the Roman soldiers. This makes it one of the oldest Italian games that is still played today. However, in many regions, many people now play a more modern version of this game called bocce. In piastra, the small plate is thrown the length of a long field and is used as a marker. Players then throw larger colored plates towards the marker with the aim of getting as close as possible. Bocce uses heavy balls instead of plates.
Calcio Storico Fiorentino
The Italians love soccer and this game is like a modern version of
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