ROME, N.Y. (NCC News) — Rome, New York has plenty of sports to offer to the community, but bocce is a tradition. While some people play the game as a competition, at Rome’s Toccolana Club, others play to see their friends.
“It’s a camaraderie between, you know, a group of people, men, or women that you get together,” said Bernie Colangelo, a long-time member of the Toccolana Club. “There’s a lot of people that love and are passionate about bocce.”
Since 1974, the City has been hosting The World Series of Bocce, where competitors in the community and across the country come to compete. The COVID-19 pandemic caused this tradition to be put on pause. It has now been two years since the World Series.
Nevertheless, bocce players in Rome and in the greater Central New York community come to the Toccolana Club daily to practice the game.
“I truly believe we have something special at the Toccolana Club,” Colangelo said. “I really do.”
The Toccolana Club is hoping to host The World Series of Bocce again in July of 2022.