Today we’re going to be looking at the Italian word passeggiata (feminine, plural: passeggiate) which means walk or stroll when the person in question travels on foot, or ride when they go by a means of transport such as a bus, car or horse.
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Passeggiata derives from the verb passeggiare which means to walk, stroll or amble.
To go for / to take a walk translates as andare a fare una passeggiata, or more simply, fare una passeggiata. If you take another person or an animal like a dog on a walk, you can use the expression portare (qualcuno / il cane) a fare una passeggiata.
Perché non andiamo a fare una passeggiata nel parco?
Why don’t we go on a walk in the park?
Passeggiata can also refer to a scenic path along which you can easily walk, with the best translations being promenade, walk, trail or boardwalk depending on where the path is located.
La passeggiata a mare si estende per circa due chilometri.
The seaside promenade is about two kilometres long.
In English, we often say that a task is a walk in the park, a cakewalk or a piece of cake if it is absurdly or surprisingly easy to accomplish, and Italians use passeggiata in a similar way.
Superare quell’esame è stato davvero una passeggiata.
Passing that exam was a real cakewalk.
Some other ways of saying ‘to go for a walk‘ in Italian include:
- andare a fare due / quattro passi = lit: to go make two / four steps
- andare a spasso = to go on a walk (for fun or without any real aim)
- fare una camminata = to go on a (strenuous) walk (to get in shape)
- andare a passeggio = to go for a walk / stroll
- andare a fare un giro / andare in giro = to go for a walk (quick and fun with stops along the way, often in the city)