One of the oldest games, based on throwing flat stones towards a fixed point
Palet is a mountain version of bowls, the only difference is the shape of the object thrown. In fact, the "palet" is a metal cone section, which is slightly concave at the bottom where around ten grooves are etched, for improved contact with the ground. The upper part is convex, apart from the centre, to ease contact with the player's thumb. There are no limits in weight or size for palets. By way of example, the current measurements of palets are as follows: weight of 800/1200 grams, thickness of 1 cm and a diameter that varies between 10.5 and 12 cm. The “bowl” ("bolin") towards which the palet is thrown is also made of iron, but white in colour.
The 16 metre playing fields are located along the road side or streets on beaten earth and, during the winter, covered by large tents. In most competitions the players compete in pairs and the winner is the first personto reach 21 points. However, there is another type of “bowl”, consisting of a strong and precise throw that sweeps away the opponent's palet .
A regional championship is held, and governed by specific rules, but the game is usually also played on saints' days, when teams are drawn: these games are said to be “a baraonda” or “a minestrone”.