Reason Two: the Passeggiata

Matera Passeggiatta

Matera Passeggiata

It was easy selecting my blogging theme for November—what draws me back to Italy. These next twenty-nine reasons are in random order, so each one is as good as the other in my book.

Passeggiatta Time in Reggio Nell'Emilia

Passeggiata Time in Reggio Nell’Emilia

The daily passeggiata is an Italian custom of taking an early evening stroll in a certain area of town. Each town has a favored path that usually leads to the main piazza or a beautiful view of the sunset. Even in a large city like Rome, there is a zone for the passeggiata—just ask a local.

From about 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. you will notice people gathering and strolling, shopping a bit, visiting and stopping for a glass of Prosecco or a gelato. I’ve never traveled to Italy in late winter, so I’m not sure what happens when the weather gets really cold. But even on a rainy, spring afternoon I’ve walked the passeggiata under my umbrella along with the rest of the crowd holding theirs. However, a warm summer evening is the best time to enjoy this fun tradition!

Ortygia Passeggiatta

Ortygia Passeggiata

About msraaka

I am an artist, writer and desktop publishing consultant living in the Pacific Northwest. After our first visit to Italy, my husband Bob and I have found ways to spend more and more time there and other countries in Europe. We love to travel, but especially to stay in one area and get a better sense of place. I love learning languages, so I continue to study Italian, French and Spanish so I can communicate a bit more with the locals. Even learning the basic greetings can make a big difference.
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