Palla

Palla is an Italian word for ‘ball’ and is a traditional street game played in villages of Italy especially in Grosseto and Siena. It is also named as ‘Pallaeh’ or ‘Palla EH’ mainly because of the fact that players call out the word ‘Eh!’ before serving.

The small-sized and hand-made balls are used to play this game. These balls contain lead pellets enfolded in wool and rubber with leather covering. Usually it is played from spring through summer.

It is not a ball catching game as some people might perceive from the name. it is actually a ball striking game played by facing teams with players all bare or gloved handed. There is no net but the courts outlined with the color-coated lines on the town streets and the players will move between sides.

Analogous to real tennis, every second bounce leads to the ‘chase’ despite an outright score. The point where the ball stops rolling is marked in chalk. Everything that falls in playing area, for instance, adjacent building and even the spectators are also considered the part of the game. The only possible pause occur for the oncoming automobiles. Scoring is just same as that of tennis sport (15-30-40-game).

This local game is still in practice in around 6 villages of Southern Tuscany, Italy.

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