It is played with a standard Italian card deck , mostly between two players or four in two partnerships, but it can also be played by 3, 5, or 6 players. The name is an Italian noun meaning "broom", since taking a scopa means "to sweep" all the cards from the table. Watching a game of scopa can be a highly entertaining activity, since games traditionally involve lively, colorful, and somewhat strong-worded banter in between hands. A deck of Italian cards consist of 40 cards, divided into four suits. The values on the cards range numerically from one through seven, plus three face cards in each suit: A Knave is a lone male figure standing. The Knight is a male figure riding a horse; the Queen is a female figure.
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Playing cards (carte da gioco) have been in Italy since the late 14th century. As Latin suited cards, they use swords (spade), cups (coppe), coins (denari), and. Briscola one of Italy's most popular games together with Scopa and Tressette, and a little-changed descendant of Brusquembille, the ancestor of Briscan and Bezique, is a Mediterranean trick-taking, Ace-Ten card game for two to six players played with a standard Italian card deck.
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E arly evidence that playing cards were being used in Italy comes from Florence in , when a game called 'naibbe' is forbidden in a decree, with the implication that the game had only recently arrived there. We infer that the game was still a novelty, even it's name was still something of a mystery. However, quite soon playing cards did not meet with approval from the church authorities, and they were demonised by preachers who urged that they be destroyed. The generally accepted view is that the Arabs introduced playing cards to Europe, via both the Iberian and Italian peninsulas, in the second half of the fourteenth century, and that European cards evolved from the suit system and composition of these cards.
But what you may not know is that Modiano is also a leading manufacturer of Italian Playing Cards as well. Of course any Italian deck would make a great gift for anyone, but for those more interested in the stylistic differences of Italian regional decks, below are brief descriptions of each. With so many different regional styles to choose from, some people ask which is the "right" one. The answer is, "Whichever looks the best to you.