World Series of Bocce kicks off in Rome

The Bocce world descends on Rome, New York.

The 44th annual World Series of Bocce kicked off on Friday from the Rome Toccolana Club, where thousands of spectators and over 140 teams gather to compete for over $30,000 in prize money.

There are dozens of courts with games going on simultaneously throughout the weekend, as well as live music and countless food and beverage options.

"This is a big event," United States Bocce Federation Eastern Sector President Guy De Santis said.  "It attracts young and old and from all over which is great for Bocce.  "You get to see people that you really don't see that often in the Bocce world.  This is like a meeting place.  Everybody comes here.  It's a great event."

Some people traveled to Rome from as far as Tuscon, Arizona, including Team YMCA Bocce player Kevin Marts, who's back for a second straight year.

"This is amazing," Marts said.  "This is my second year and we play at tournaments on the west coast in San Diego, Las Vegas and Seattle.  Nothing compares to the atmosphere, nothing compares to the level of play that this one has.  This is a great tournament."

The event wraps up on Sunday.

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