La Passeggiata – an evening stroll in Italy

La Passeggiata - an evening stroll in Italy

Passeggiata at San Marco

La Passeggiata – an evening stroll in Italy


In Italian culture, there’s so much wonderful family tradition and time reserved for certain times of the day that are custom if not a typical part of Italian lifestyle and daily ritual. La Passeggiata is one of those daily rituals that Italians and everyone visiting Italy should really enjoy – just taking some time late in the day to relax and walk through the pedestrian streets, greeting old friends, window shopping or just wander aimlessly connecting with people and celebrating the end of a wonderful day in Italy.

The meaning of La Passeggiata comes from the verb ‘to walk’, it’s a way for Italians to connect back to their roots and to feel a sense of community and belonging. And that’s exactly what you see all over Italy –  friends and family greeting each other on the streets, talking to favorite shop keepers and doing their afternoon shopping for the evening meal.  In every city and town, during the evening time, it’s a must do event, even for the tourists!

Enjoying the fountains of Italy

La Passeggiata - an evening stroll in Italy

Enjoying a fountain in Trieste


For most people, not only is this a great bonding experience but you also get some exercise in by walking through the pedestrian areas around the city. Italians love to be outdoors from their small and cramped little apartments and be social with friends and family, especially after the work day is over.  Unless it is raining or terrible weather, you can count La Passeggiatta occurring in every town, city and village all over Italy, every day of the week.



La Passeggiata - an evening stroll in Italy

Relaxing with family at a piazza



Wouldn’t it be nice to just end your work day having an afternoon Passeggiata where you live to connect with family and friends. Or better yet, travel with someone special anywhere in Italy and  experience a real Passeggiata, enjoying the evening and seeing so many Italians doing the same ritual – you’ll just love being part of this experience.

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20 Responses to La Passeggiata – an evening stroll in Italy

  1. Maralynn August 31, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    How could any of this be better stated? It cod’nult.

  2. Peter Thomas April 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Hey Noel, its my first time here and loving it so far. I just love the photo of the child and and her my mother is that your family?

  3. Bonnie Morgan March 29, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Is the first pic in Venice? Coming to you from Oh, the Places I have been.

  4. Lee Briggs March 29, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    This is a custom in most cities in Italy. For example, in Rome it mainly takes place mainly on the pedestrianized Via del Corso, although I’m sure it happens in other places also. In Florence, it is mainly the Piazza della Repubblica, although, again, probably other areas as well.
    It does make a fine way to end the day.

  5. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo March 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Gorgeous photos of a lovely tradition. I agree it’s such a nice way to end the day and love taking part when I’m in Italy (or Greece, where the same thing happens)

  6. budget jan March 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Love the view from behind the orchestra and the Mother Child and fountain in Trieste is so beautiful. Always a pleasure looking at your photographs Noel.

  7. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti March 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    La Passeggiatta is truly a wonderful custom, Noel. My husband grew up in Italy and he told me that this was the way women and men would court in the old days. The men would watch the women who strolled by. If the woman noticed, and liked a man watching her, she would make sure to keep walking back and forth before him. 🙂

  8. Chris Boothman March 27, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    I always enjoy reading posts on things to do in the evening. We are not the types of folks that really enjoy going out partying so to be able to explore a town in a tranquil setting, maybe relaxing along the river front with a glass of wine or coffee sounds like a great way to spend the evening. Participating in La Passeggiata is a great way of experiencing an Italian town with the sense of community, where all the locals know each other and welcome visitors with open arms.

  9. Serena March 27, 2014 at 4:01 am #

    Nice post!
    That’s true that’s a typical habit within Italy, even if not really in the part of Italy where I live.
    I’d say mostly in the smaller towns and/or in the Centre/South of the country – being in a large, industrial city in the North I don’t really witness nor partecipate to this, as we are usually in a hurry or anyway finish working just too late. And there is not much sense of community.
    But I remember doing it when I once went to visit a friend of mine and her family who live in a small village in the South.
    That’s really a good way to feel part of a community and to take life with a slower pace than we are used to here.
    It’s true that Venice’s streets are crowded with tourists, but I guess that Venice people kind of have this habit as well – as after all they are obliged to walk a lot and not to use the car 😀

  10. Jackie De Burca March 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Oh Noel, I love the fact that you focused on this super important aspect of their lifestyle. Of course it only goes to show how far removed we have become in so many places from this type of social behaviour. In other Mediterranean places this is also entirely part of the lifestyle as well. Great photos as always, I especially like the little girl and her Mum and the fountain – lovely moment captured.

  11. muzachan March 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Beautiful photos 🙂

  12. Paul (@luxury__travel) March 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    What a nice idea and what better way to end your day. All too often we are stuck in the daily grind that we don’t take ‘time out’ like this. Seems like it is almost in-built with the Italians and I hadn’t realised this, despite visiting Italy several times. It looks like I may be in Venice later in the year so I shall look out for it! 🙂

    • Noel March 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

      It’s harder to see that done in Venice Paul, since its tourist driven and everyone is walking those crowded streets 🙂

  13. Irene S Levine March 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    What a great post. I loved watching the people walk after dinner when we visit Forte de Marmi, too. Great pictures!

    • Noel March 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

      Hi Irene, thanks for connecting and your right passeggiata can happen anywhere outside of Italy to!

  14. Rajlakshmi March 25, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    looks like a beautiful evening 🙂 lovely pictures


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