Bocce ball originated in Italy and is one of the oldest lawn bowling games in the world. It's a game that is gaining in popularity as it can be played on almost any type of surface, which makes it ideal for your backyard. Bocce ball is played by either two players or two teams, with up to four players per team. It's played with large balls, four of one color and four of another color and a smaller target ball of another color called a Jack or Pallino. Each player attempts to roll their balls closest to the jack or to knock their opponent's balls away from the jack with the closest balls scoring points. Bocce ball can be played in numerous ways using various rules. It's a simple game to play and very inexpensive as all you need is a set of balls and a backyard (from $25 to $70 online). Bocce balls can be made of wood, metal or composite materials.