playing bocce on a bocce court
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Bocce is a slow-tempo game, best enjoyed with the sun low and a cocktail in hand. The rules are simple enough: A small ball, called the pallino, gets tossed down the court and players must try to get as close as possible with their own balls, sometimes strategically knocking opponents out of the way.

A regulation bocce court is long—87.5 feet—and topped with the same clay used on traditional tennis courts. The court Roger built is only two-thirds regulation size, but that's not an issue, as it is used by little players as well as big. Brundage's design was inspired by courts in Boston's North End, where Italian-Americans play into the evening under the park lights.
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