La Passeggiata – An Italian Lifestyle

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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5 Responses

  1. […] aspects of the Italian lifestyle is the late afternoon and early evening ritual known as la passeggiata, or the evening stroll. Each evening, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm, Italians take to the […]

  2. I had a lovely stroll on the boardwalk of Ragusa Marina when we visited Sicily last September. Almost no American tourists, just Italians, many dressed to the nines, strolling casually along. My American friend Jerry refused to believe they weren’t going anywhere. He insisted they must all be going to a restaurant or waiting until a table opened at a restaurant, or going home after eating in a restaurant. To be fair, on one side was the Mediterranean Sea and across the street were many restaurants filled with customers eating dinner at 9 PM. So, maybe they were taking their walk before driving home in their car after eating in a restaurant…

    • margieinitaly

      Thanks Kathy…I think your experience in Ragusa speaks to the Italian lifestyle, where fashion is part of their DNA.

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