Italian Card Games

Playing cards first entered Europe in the late 14th century and their use spread rapidly across the continent. Documents mentioning playing cards in Italy date back as far as 1380, and mentions of card games - some that have survived to today - follow soon thereafter.

Most Italian card games use the traditional Italian 40-card deck. Games popular throughout Italy include Briscola, Calabresella, Scopa, and Tressette. There are also regionally popular games such as Madrasso in Venice, Ciapano in Lombardy, Coteccio in Trieste, and children's games such as Camicia.

To present the flavor of Italian card games we have created videos teaching the rules of two of the most widely played Italian card games: Briscola and Scopa.