Passages and Promenades

Passages and Promenades, Adam Goodheart,
Civilization
Spaniards, with their daily siesta, may have cornered the market on
afternoon naps. But the Italians are the kings of the evening
stroll. Adam Goodheart takes a look at the passionate heart of the
‘passeggiata.’ ‘The dance starts at dusk,’ Goodheart writes. ‘Every
evening, the natives — men, women, and children — leave their
houses and assemble in the square to enact an age-old ritual, an
intricate pattern of footsteps that binds together their community,
advertises the power of their clans, and perpetuates the ancient
mating rituals of the youths and maidens.’ — Leif
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