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chichimum tango
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Hello, we're going on a trip to Italy. I have two children, 8 & 9, but who are good at understanding game rules & play (eg. they play settlers and Jaipur).

I was wondering if people could rattle off a list of games, preferably good ones (!), related to Italy? Could be historical, eg. Romans, or to do with food (pizza, pasta?!). Or any other area, just as long as they can be linked to Italy.

I've heard of Pompei. Anything else?

The idea is that we'll play the game/s before we go as a way to introduce some history/culture etc before we get there.

Love to hear what you can come up with! Thank you
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Definitely De Vulgari Eloquentia, set in in the late Middle Age when the modern italian language born from Latin.
 
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Despite being half Italian, I don't think I've played many Italian-themed games.
Papà Paolo comes to mind. A pizza-delivery game.
Signorie, where you try to get your family to gain some power during the Renaissance.
1865: Sardinia. Trains.
 
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Winemaking worker placement in Tuscany with Viticulture Essential Edition and its expansion Tuscany Essential Edition.
 
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There are quite a few games set in Italy. Whether or not they can be deemed thematic is a different question.

- Rialto: area control set in Italy
- Fresco: I'm not sure if it's explicitly Italy, but renaissance era game where you paint a church
- Concordia: resource management and trading in the Mediterranean
- Trajan: a bit heavier, a mish-mash of mini games revolving around a central mancala mechanic, set in the Roman Empire

+1 Viticulture
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wolframius wrote:
Definitely De Vulgari Eloquentia, set in in the late Middle Age when the modern italian language born from Latin.


Maybe not a great recc for an 8 and 9 yo...

Cinque Terre is the first one that comes to mind as far as fun family weight games with an Italian theme.
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These are great! Will have a delve into the reviews. (Actually quite excited about a viticulture game, even if it's just for us adults )

Grazie mille.
 
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Fresco looks intriguing! Might be the one. I could take them to see some real frescos & talk about Michaelangelo et al. Thanks again!
 
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Roma (but 2 player, so maybe not what you want)

I am trying to remember if History of the Roman Empire really deserves its 12+ age rating (GMT) 10+ on BBG, and it has been too long. The game is seriously on sale (10 USD) at GMT games right now, and otherwise seems to be a good fit.

http://www.gmtgames.com/CSearchs.aspx?Search=history+of+the+...


 
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chichimum wrote:
Hello, we're going on a trip to Italy. I have two children, 8 & 9, but who are good at understanding game rules & play (eg. they play settlers and Jaipur).

I was wondering if people could rattle off a list of games, preferably good ones (!), related to Italy? Could be historical, eg. Romans, or to do with food (pizza, pasta?!). Or any other area, just as long as they can be linked to Italy.

I've heard of Pompei. Anything else?

The idea is that we'll play the game/s before we go as a way to introduce some history/culture etc before we get there.

Love to hear what you can come up with! Thank you


Inkognito
Great deduction game set in Venice.
 
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Ventura takes place in Italy.

Where in Italy are you going?
 
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Though it reads to me that the opening poster has already been sold on Fresco, which definitely no bad choice for their requirements (and I am myself of the not-so-secret cult of Inkognito fans) I want to also point out that there are in dV Giochi and Giochix.it at least two Italian publishers of some good Italy-set games (though apparently not that easy to find in high-street shops in Italy, according to people I know to have had a look for them when last there – and, when really considering it, one shouldn't expect them to be, when it's not as if Osprey Games are everywhere in the UK). Ares Games and Sit Down! also do some very good ones (including the current edition of the aforementioned Inkognito) but as often as Italian in flavour.
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Murano is centered around glass making in Murano. Interesting rondel determines you action for the turn. Individual secret goals keeps everyone guessing and you can use other players buildings to complete your goals.
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chichimum tango
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South East, near the 'heel'. It's for a wedding, it's not a touristy place.
 
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chichimum tango
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Wow! Keeping this in mind for any trips to Venice ! Thanks!
 
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Commands & Colors: Ancients is really fun, pretty to look at and teaches about the Punic Wars (base game). Rules may be a little challenging but player aids on bgg should help to recall individual unit actions.
 
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Firenze, if you can find an English version.
 
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Nobody mentioned Mamma Mia ?
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Glory to Rome
Florenza or Florenza: The Card Game
 
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Off the top of my head:

Rialto
Genoa
The Doge Ship
Burano
Lorenzo il Magnifico
The Princes of Florence
Alea Iacta Est
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It was nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres: The Palaces of Carrara. For my 8 year old son it was no problem to understand the rules and - of course - he has beaten me in our first play.

Edit: Typo
 
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chichimum tango
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Thanks all, for a comprehensive list!
 
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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a part of the Riviera Ligure. Never played it, but from what I know is a cool game.

 
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Maurizio Bertuzzi
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Don't forget SIENA, a great game ... the map is a painting of the "Buon Governo" of A.Lorenzetti.
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The Republic of Rome is a good candidate, as there are a lot of games with Julius Caesar.

Machiavelli is another alternative, as other games set in the Renaissance.

Games set in WW2, as the Invasion of Sicily, Anzio, or Mount Casino.

In short, options galore.
 
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