Sunday, June 03, 2007

A Few of My Favorite Things

La Passeggiata




Fare una passeggiata means "to take a walk," but la passeggiata is an event. It is held daily, but Sundays at noon-time are particularly active. It is the time period set aside for the people parade, when the good citizens of town all turn out in the piazzas and main streets of town to meet together, enjoy an aperitivo, dress to be seen, and people-watch. It normally lasts for about two hours before everyone returns home to eat. Many will return to the streets for a stroll after dinner, but the late-afternoon is the time things are most crowded. An active passeggiata signals a lively, active city. It's a great way to become part of the local scene and meet up with friends.

5 comments:

chris & erin said...

I love this Italian phenomenon!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Mi piace fare una passeggiata.

Valerie said...

Anch'io! Forse un giorno faremmo una passeggiata insieme!

Marco said...

Do you know the difference between passeggiata and struscio? The first is a family matter, the second is girls and boys matter (from 12 to 25) made with with the aim to watch and been watched by other boys and girls. Very nice blog, but please don't put American salsa on pizza's top! :-)

Valerie said...

Marco, I've never heard "struscio" before. Thanks for enlightening me! I'd never put salsa on pizza. Green chile (peperoncini verde)...now that's a different matter! ;)