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Man playing Fiolet Game
Years activeFrom 1882
Genre(s)Stick and ball game
PlayersIndividual and Multiplayer

Fiolet, known formally as Baculot, is an individual and team stick-and-ball game and one of the most iconic traditional games of the Aosta Valley. Originating most likely in Canavese the sport is today governed by the Asosiachon Valdohténa Fiolet[1][2]


Like many of the traditional games of the Aosta Valley fiolet is most likely derived from the traditional game of lippa.[2] The earliest evidence of fiolet dates back to a 1882 municipal ordinance of Aosta which expressly forbade its play inside the city due to the perceived danger of residents being struck by the ball.[1]


Fiolet is played on a flat, circular field 150 meters in length marked with semicircles every 15 meters. Players use a tapered wooden stick with a blunt end known as a 'maciocca' to first strike a tin base (called an 'eima'), which launches into the air a wooden ovoid ball, referred to as a 'fiolet', which is then struck with the maciocca while suspended in the air. Players then score one point for every half circle the fiolet passes.

Cultural References

In the season 10 episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown set in the French Alps host Anthony Bourdain and guest host Eric Ripert are seen struggling to play fiolet


  1. 1.0 1.1 Francesia, Carlo (2002). Le cinquant'an de l'Asosiachon valdohténa fiolet, 1953-2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gorini, Pietro (1994). Giochi e feste popolari d'Italia e d'Europa. Rome: L'Airone.

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