Two opposing bocce must be pushed with wooden parette inside a metal ring driven into the ground, the trucco, hence the name Trucco da terra. Up until the 1930s it was only played at Finale Ligure, but it may have Spanish origins. Legend has it that it arrived by sea, brought by the troops that disembarked at Finale’s port between the XVII and XVIII centuries, under Hapsburg domain, to reach Flanders by land and go around the naval blockade imposed by England. Today it survives in the hinterland of the province of Savona, at Rialto and Calice Ligure, thanks to local enthusiasts of Polisportiva Rialtese.
Photo by Barbara Rigon for “Viaggio attraverso l’Italia che gioca”