Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guido's Court

From Dave Brigham:

Guido Salvucci Bocce Court, Boston #1

I wanted to get to this bocce court when some of the old-timers were actually playing, but by the time I fit my trip in, their season was over. I've lived in the Boston area for 20 years, and had driven by this location many times but only in the last few years did I discover it was home to a bocce court.

The court is on the Leo J. Birmingham Parkway, a short stretch of road that runs parallel to the Mass. Pike, up a hill from Staples and Martignetti Liquors in Brighton, and just around the corner from the old Charles River Speedway headquarters (see 9-6-10 UPDATED: Horsing Around at the Old Barracks). A Google search turned up the fact that the Mass. Legislature officially named the court in Guido Salvucci's honor in September 2003, but Google didn't provide any clues as to the honored man's identity.

Guido Salvucci Bocce Court, Boston #2

I love the simplicity of this site, and the old-fashioned tools and scoreboards. Seems like a great place to hang out on a lazy summer afternoon, drink some grappa and get a few lessons, if you're so inclined.

Guido Salvucci Bocce Court, Boston #3


  1. Guido Salvucci the grandfather was the man who helped build the court, a grandfather of one of my child hood friends named the same , Guido Salvucci of Brighton. Guido is the courts namesake grandson , father of Guido (grandson) is Fred Salvucci former secretary of Transportation in the Comm of Mass, Grandpa Guido was a wine maker , Mason, and resident of Brighton. Guido has since passed away.
    His son Fred was instrumental in getting funding and planning of the Central Artery Depression , The BIG DIG . jt of brighton