Picnics in Italy


Picnic crop


The photo above was a picnic for about 20 people that we organized at a farmhouse in Tuscany. We just knocked on the door and asked the owners if we could use their back yard and it worked well. Picnicking can be a great way to save money, not worry about researching and booking a restaurant, and just get some fresh air. Here’s the how-to:


Picnic Supplies 

Pick up prepared hot items at a Rosticceria (which will also provide utensils, plates and napkins) and fresh fruit at open air markets. Have sandwiches pre-made at a Paninoteca, or make your own with bread from a Panetteria (bakery) and meat and cheese from a Salumeria (deli). Or, just hit the supermercato for everything you need. And don’t forget the wine!


Picnic Locations

In cities, it’s perfectly fine to munch a sandwich in public spaces. Some good options: sit on church steps, in a square, on a park bench, or along the water. But for a full-fledged spread-the-blanket-out, bring-a-picnic-basket affair, don’t plan on Rome’s Piazza Navona. More info on where proper picnics are allowed: 


If you’ve had a picnic in Italy, please share your favorite spots!

I’ve included this in Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday!


Photo by Charlie Scheihing

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