"Dal Negro" (Italy)
deck No.88 "Tarocco Bolognese" (62+2J+ec)
No.40004 - 78 cards, since 1998
Full deck, dimension 51x103 mm.
Trionfi (Triumphs, Trumps,
Leaflet (in italian) with some rules, pages:
information (and gift) of Domenico Starna (Roma):
The deck Tarocco or Tarocchino (pronounced tarockino) Bolognese also called Carte Lunghe
(Long Cards) is used in Bologna and in its province. In this case the diminuitive
Tarocchino means: there are not 78 cards but only 62. There are not the 2, 3, 4 and 5 of
the four suits. So in the game the picture court cards are more vulnerable.
The Triumphs (Trionfi) have a different order than other tarots decks. Three cardinal
virtues, Temperantia Justitia and Fortitudo, are put together (7, 8, 9). Seven Triumphs
have the same numbers of the Piemontese and Marseille Tarot: (0) Fool, (1) Magician, 8
Justice, 10 (X) Wheel of Fortune, 12 Traitor (Hanged), 13 Death, (20) Angel. In the year
1725 the factories of cards in Bologna changed four low Triumphs, Popess Empress Emperor
and Pope called also the Popes, in four Moors because the producers did not want to
dispute with the Cardinal, representative of the Papal States, and his ordinance. The
Moors have the same rank in the game, the last Moor played in the trick is the starkest
Moro; the images of two Moors are identical (See 2b). In italian they say Il Moro, plural
I (pronounced ee) Mori, or female La Mora, Le More, in dialect Al Mor, or Al Muratt
this means little Moor, plural I Murett. In the Triumph Star there are also The Three
Kings; in the Moon two astronomers; in the Sun the mythologic Parca who prepared, spun,
the thread of life. In the Triumph World there is the mythologic Mercury, winged messanger
of Jupiter and protector of the merchants.
Only the four most important Triumphs with much value, Angel World Magician Fool, are
called Tarocchi (prounonced Tarocki), Tarots, in singular Tarocco, in dialect Taruk,
The 22 Triumphs are also called the 21 Numbers and the Fool. But only the Triumphs from 5
to 16 have the numbers written and these cards are called with their numbers and not with
the names of their images.
The four Triumphs starker in the rank, Angel, World, Red Sun and Red Moon (le Rosse, the
Reds) are called the Triumphs of the Grande (Big), important for addional points in the
game for the Sequence of the Grande.
The Fool and Magician are called the Counters, Contatori, because they count very much,
they are used as Jolly in the Sequences for additional points. In the game it is very
important to capture the Magician.
All the cards are symmetric, above and below, except the Fortune, or Wheel of the Fortune.
In this card over the Wheel there is the Queen, on the right the King descends, on the
left the young man rises. Batons are straight, the lateral Swords in low cards are curved.
In the box there are 3 additional extracards, not used for the game, 2 Jolly and 1 other,
and a leaflet with rules.
See the deck Gioseppe (or Giuseppe) Maria Mitelli Tarot, made in Bologna before the year
1725, WWPCM01865 with the 4
Popes (Emperor, Empress, Pope seated, Pope). The game was played from XV Century.
Triumphs (Trionfi) with the corrispondence to the
Piemontese (WWPCM02970) and Marseille Tarot:
||Il Matto (or Il
||Il Begato (or
||Il Moro (with
(with 3 lances)
||La Virtu (La
||The Virtue (The
Tempo, Il Vecchio)
||The Hermit (The
Time, The Old Man)
||La Torre (La
||The Tower (The