What is Bocce?

Bocce is a precision sport belonging to the boules sport family,
closely related to bowls and pétanque with a common ancestry from ancient games played in the Roman Empire.

It is a highly competitive sport which requires the use of both physical and cerebral skills.
The object of the game is for individual or team players to roll a larger ball (bocce) closer to a smaller target ball (pallino) then their opponents.
The player/team whose bocces are closest to the pallino scores.

Developed into its present form in Italy (where it is called Bocce,
the plural of the Italian word boccia which means “bowl”),
it is played around Europe and also in overseas countries that have received Italian migrants, including Australia,
North America and South America (where it is known as bochas; “bolas criollas” in Venezuela),
initially amongst the migrants themselves but slowly becoming more popular with their descendants and the wider community.

The game is also well-known in Serbia as bocanje (??????) and in Croatia as bocanje, bucanje, or balote,
depending on the region. In France the sport is known as Boule Lyonnaise.

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