La Passeggiata or "The Stroll"

Trip Start May 22, 2007
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Trip End Jun 04, 2007


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Friday, May 25, 2007

Frascati - Friday 25May07
 
La Passeggiata or "The Stroll"
 
There's really only one way to characterize the Italian evening - La Passeggiata!  This is the uniquely Italian habit of strolling the piazza (plaza).  The quality of Italian life can be summarized by this slow evening stroll.
 
Martha Bakerjian writes: "As evening falls and the harsh sun inches out of the favorite piazza, an evening ritual is bound to begin, the Italian tradition of passeggiata, a gentle stroll (slow! think slow!) through the main streets of the old town, usually in the pedestrian zones in the centro storico, the historic center."

Italians tend to dress up for passeggiata, and tourists are usually easy to spot in their shorts and fanny packs. Older folks sit along the route, nursing a beer or a glass of wine in the bar, and watching for things to gossip about; la passeggiata is where new romances are on display as well as new shoes.

Passeggiata is especially popular on Sunday evenings. During the summer, some Italians even drive to nearby cities, the coast, or the lakes for a special passeggiata."

Here in Frascati, all that is Italian life is on display.
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idolina
idolina on

Howdy!
Sounds like you are having a great time! So appropriate that you would post on La Passeggiata considering those of us who know you. Stay safe and have fun during your hike. I hope you organize a cappuccino roundtable to discuss your adventures. Have a safe trip back!

robert_obrien
robert_obrien on

Geocaching
Hi Buck,

Have you been able to do any geocaching in Rome or Frascati? Or are you waiting until you get to Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. Etna? I am eager to hear more about your adventures and if you have found any treasures.

Bobby

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