At the North End’s Langone Park, the Boston Globe’s Alex Katz profiles bocce regulars, Natale DeMarco, Salvatore Cucciniello and Jim Luisi.

These days, as the blazing summer sun glimmers off the waters of Boston Harbor, the two are regulars at this North End park, taking to the bocce court at least three times a week. They are joined by locals and tourists alike, who come not only to participate in this ancient Roman sport but to spend time with friends and family in the city’s warm summer air. Almost every afternoon, extending into the evening, the waterfront park looks like a scene out of the old country as it plays host to modified Italian siestas. Rather than napping, locals unwind by gathering in this more-than-century-old park to play cards, drink wine, and, of course, partake in what DeMarco calls a game of relaxation.

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