Here in Sonoma County we’ve picked up the Italian sport of Bocce. Many of our backyard’s and outdoor living areas include courts on which to play this old world game.
If you haven’t heard of it, Bocce is a ball sport belonging to the boules (predominantly French) sport family, closely related to bowls and pétanque, all have a common ancestry from the Roman Empire. Developed into its present form in Italy, it’s a perfect game.
Even though I’ve traveled Italy extensively, I first experienced Bocce Ball at Il Vagabondo in New York City. I always had a great time there. It’s an old world Italian Restaurant, and the only restaurant I know of to have an indoor bocce court. Everyone plays; celebrities next to the regulars and out of towers too. I developed a fondness for it there.
The key is to get really involved. A few glasses of wine (if you are of age) doesn’t hurt either. The more you throw yourself into the game, the more fun it is. And the beauty is that people of all ages can enjoy it together. While it can be played on a lawn or sand, the best is on a court of oyster shells. And, it’s not difficult to make one yourself!
As you know from my post on our wisteria arbor earlier this year, my husband and I bought a fixer upper. On our acre piece of property we have what I call the “lower 40”. An old clay tennis court, now over run with every invasive plant you can think of! It’s the perfect spot for a Bocce court…in my opinion, of course.
I already have the plan in my head.
Based on the photo above, I would like to surround the court with raised veggi beds…the only difference being that our beds would each be surrounded by a thick wall, providing bench seating for all the players and observers. I could even throw cushions on the benches if needed.
Oh yeah, I have it all planned out. Between our wisteria arbor, my specialty of cooking paella outdoors, our ability to dine alfresco 8 months out of the year, and the addition of a bocce court, we’d be all set to Entertain Sonoma Style™. Now, I just have to convince my husband!
What do you think? Would you enjoy playing Bocce? It’s entertaining Sonoma Style at it’s best.
To get some ideas, check out the video below…and leave me a comment with your thoughts. I always like hearing from you!