Queen of Italy

Queen of Italy (also known as Terrace) is a solitaire card game played with two decks of playing cards. It is a difficult game to win, because the cards that potentially block the game are presented at the start.

This article is about the card game. The term can also refer to the spouse of the King of Italy, or a woman who holds the King's title. For the spouse of the King of Italy, see List of Italian queens


First, the player deals eleven overlapping cards in a row. These cards form the reserve or terrace. After leaving a space below the terrace for the foundations, the player lays four cards in a row. The player then chooses which of these four cards starts the first foundation. The player places the chosen card on the foundation row, immediately fills the gap it left with a new card from the stock. The player adds five new cards beside these four to form the tableau.

The player builds the foundations in alternating colors, wrapping from King to Ace if necessary. The cards on the tableau are available to build either on the foundations, or on other cards in the tableau. Cards on the tableau are built down on each other, also in alternating colors, and the player immediately fills any gap with a card from the stock. The player moves one card at a time, and when building cards form a column, only the top card is available for play. The top card (the exposed card) of the terrace is the only card available for play and the player can only use it to build on the foundations.

When there are no more possible moves on the tableau, the stock is dealt one card at a time and placed on the wastepile, the top card of which is available to be built on the foundations or the tableau. The top card of the wastepile is also used to fill a gap on the tableau whenever it occurs. However, when the stock runs out, there is no redeal; the game ends soon after.

The player wins the game when all cards end up in the foundationsand loses when stuck after dealing the entire stock.

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