La Passeggiata

Posted on: 4th July, 2016

Category: The Wine Buff

Contributor: Tony Eklof

La passeggiata or the evening stroll is a daily ritual in cities, towns and villages all over Italy. While holidaying in Italy you might witness or even take part in the stroll before realising that it is one of Italy’s most enduring traditions. As day turns to dusk Italians turn out in their thousands from houses shuttered to keep out the daily heat, to walk the walk, to see and to be seen, and most of all to socialise.

It is during the hours of la passeggiata, roughly 5­-8pm, that the queues are longest at the gelaterias and prime spots at the sidewalk cafes are occupied.

La passeggiata is a time-honoured tradition marking the end of the workday or on the weekend becoming the focus of the day with Italians dressing up smartly and stylishly for the walk. Perhaps the only noticeable change in recent years is you may observe many walking with a gelato limone in one hand and a mobile phone in the other!

In the cities, the passeggiata takes place along the main pedestrianised streets, although it can also be observed while sipping an aperitivo in a lovely piazza. The centro storico of just about every Italian city has restricted car access making the passeggiata safe and enjoyable. Some examples of classic passeggiata routes are Verona’s Via Mazzini, Turin’s Via Roma, the narrow streets around Florence’s Piazza della Signoria and perhaps most uniquely, up on the tree­lined ancient city walls of Lucca, which offers the added bonus of Alpine vistas.

In Rome the most famous walking street is the Via del Corso. If you take a seat in one of the fashionable cafes along the street and order a bicchiere di vino rosso you might get a glass of Morellino di Scansano, now ‘the wine of choice in the chicest enoteche (wine bars) of Rome.’ Morellino is a clone of the chianti grape Sangiovese and comes from the Maremma in the very south of Tuscany. This area was once bandit­ridden and malaria infested swampland (maremma) until Mussolini completed the drainage work, which had been started by the Medici and then abandoned long ago. Now it boasts a growing tourist industry drawn to its magnificent national park and some of the finest beaches in Italy. The town of Scansano and the Maremma are only a two-hour plus journey from Rome, which accounts for the Roman love affair with the area’s beaches, cuisine including local boar, and its unique wine.

Morellino di Scansano, produced in a microclimate similar to that of Sicily, is lighter, fruitier, more perfumed and less expensive than its more famous cousin Chianti and is best drunk while the wine is still young.

Recommendation: Medici­Riccardi Morellino di Scansano, 2014, LIDL €9.99.

Latest News Articles:

Plan the perfect wedding day at the Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum
Clutching at straws for Coalition
Lee’s and Nils: West Cork clubs in the city
The walk of a lifetime
West Cork farmers take gold at National Farmer of the Year Awards
Shining success for Union Hall Centra store at 2017 Quality Awards
West Cork businessman appointed Chairman of the National Council of SPAR Retailers
Irish Community Air Ambulance launches ‘Post a Selfie with your BFF’ campaign
Clonakilty wins RIAI ‘Best Place of the Year 2017’
Clune to lobby new Minister on Seven Heads Peninsula decision

Join us on Facebook

This year Wild Atlantic Tag sponsored by Marine Harvest will take place in Adrigole on Saturday August 5th. All are welcome, whether you are a team entry or an individual looking to join a team. The teams will be divided into two sections, Social & Seriously Social! Please contact Sean (0879568363) or Joey (0879865827) to register. It promises to be great craic with plenty of refreshments available pre and post-match! Fantastic local musician Eoghan McEllhenny will entertain the rugby masses from 4.30pm followed by Peadar O’Callaghan and renowned Natural Gas will round off the night from 9.30pm! ... See MoreSee Less

14th July, 2017  ·  

A woodland walk will take place on the 22nd June at 7pm in Glengarriff Nature Reserve. This is a great opportunity to learn about woodlands, their plants and wildlife and is an opportunity not to be missed. Glengarriff Nature Reserve was designated as a Nature reserve in 1991, and covers over 300 acres in size. It is a beautiful and unique woodlands containing many different habitats and is owned and managed by NPWS primarily for conservation and amenity purposes. The event is led by National Parks Ranger Clare Heardman and has been organised by Cork Nature Network For further information please contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie ... See MoreSee Less

19th June, 2017  ·  

Union Hall lifeboat Station are looking for a volunteer lifeboat training coordinator. See poster for details. ... See MoreSee Less

13th June, 2017  ·  

Michael Collins House presents ‘Revolutionaries’ - an exhibition by renowned artist Jim Fitzpatrick at Emmet Square, Clonakilty.
Official opening on Fri 16th June at 7.30pm as part of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival. All welcome and note that the exhibition runs up until Sunday 30th July.
... See MoreSee Less

9th June, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top