Last Dazzzzzz Napoli – Sunday Passeggiata

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As evening falls across Italy and the golden sun inches out of your favorite piazza, an evening ritual is bound to begin: The Italian tradition of passeggiata, a gentle and slow stroll through the main streets of the city or town, usually in the pedestrian zones in the centro storico (the historic center) or along the lungomare if you're by the sea.

You might see more mature adults sitting along the route on a bench or nursing a beer or a glass of wine in a bar along the way and watching for things to gossip about; passeggiata is where new romances and new babies are on display, as well as new shoes. People of all ages take part in the passeggiata, from the youngest babies being pushed in their strollers to the oldest members of the community who take it all in from the sidelines. Lots of courting and flirting are generally on display. Stop for a gelato, drink, or appetizer as you wend your way through the streets.

Italians tend to dress up for passeggiata—and remember, they have a reputation for dressing smartly. For some, it's a perfect time to show off new and stylish clothes.

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