The first time I visited Italy I was naive and had no clue about the Italian lifestyle known as la passeggiata. As I sat on a bench in Campo San Barnaba in Venice, and listened to accordion music, I sipped my Coca Cola Light, Italy’s version of Diet Coke. I didn’t realize la passeggiata surrounded me. I noticed this around 5pm, when suddenly the streets appeared much more crowded with people, including students and lots of mothers with baby strollers.
This phenomenon, part of the Italian lifestye, really does happen every day in Italy, in every city and town. People stroll around the piazzas and streets eating gelato, singing, talking, walking their dogs. Children are running around and laughing. Everyone seems happy, and nobody appears to be in a hurry. This is one of Bella Italia’s best lifestyles.
Have you experienced la passeggiata? I’d love to hear about your experiences, so please leave a comment.
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