Gambling was a pervasive aspect of Venetian life, reflecting the city’s wealth and status as a major cultural and trade hub. In Venice, everyone gambled everywhere: people engaged in games of chance in private homes, public squares, and during festivals, with stakes involving money, goods, and even property. Venetian authorities, however, viewed ga...

A new quiz game designed to test players' knowledge of Ancient Rome has been launched in Italy in time for the Christmas market. Aimed at players aged upwards of 14, the boxed card game is titled S.P.Q.R., short for Senatus Populusque Romanus which means the Senate and the People of Rome. L'Airone Editore said its game aims to "educate, entertain a...

Come and join us for a fun afternoon playing the Italian traditional Tombola game: A children’s event brought to you by Comites San Francisco, Il Punto and Casa Italiana. Also there will be an appearance by La Befana herself! La Befana is a friendly witch in Italian folklore who delivers gifts for the good children, and lumps of coal to the bad one...

What do the cards have in store? In the case of the Pasta Tarot, the answer is, very clearly, carbs. Created by Rob Truglia and Jeff Petriello, the Pasta Tarot — published by Penguin Random House in 2022 after first being self-published — is a celebration of the beloved primo piatto (the first course of a traditional Italian meal). And with its jub...

Phones disregarded, circled shoulder-to-shoulder, a sort of excited yet expectant energy reverberates among players. For the sweltering afternoons in the Caribbean, it’s dominoes; for the salons peppered with playing tables in China, it’s mahjong; for us Italians, it culminates with cards. Sunday lunches with family quickly turn into languid aftern...

If you’ve ever been to an Italian old-men bar, the one where your granddad would go spend the afternoon with his mates if that’s the type of thing he is into, or if you had the curse – or blessing, depending on which way you look at it – to become acquainted with the habits and quirks of Italy’s spiagge libere (those were everyone can go without pa...

Among the most famous card games that cross the country from North to South, we remember the Briscola and the scopa. Let's start with the Briscola. You play with a deck of 40 cards with the values A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, jack, horse, king, Italian or French suits. You can play in two, in four pairs of two, in three by eliminating the 2 of cups or spad...