LA PASSEGGIATA (STROLLING) A favourite Italian pastime is the passeggiata (literally, the promenade), and in Venice, the favourite place for the ritual is the Zattere, the southern walkway of the city, facing the Giudecca. In the late afternoon and early evening, especially on sunny weekends, couples, families, and groups of friends stroll the Zattere. This ritual involves people watching, exchanging news and gossip, flirting, and is the ideal time to indulge in a little gelato tasting. You may feel more like an observer than a participant, until you realise that observing is what la passegiata is all about.
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