BABETTE: Cinnamon’s not walking good these days but she still likes her passeggiatas. That’s Italian for “a nice walk.”
In Italian, passeggiata means “a leisurely walk, a stroll”. In southern Italian culture especially, the passeggiata is a tradition whereby people go for an evening stroll or promenade between 5 and 8 pm, perhaps through the main street of a town, the town square, or along the sea front. People dress up for the passeggiata, and it’s a social event, a chance to catch up with friends and the local gossip at the end of the day. Babette and Morey are taking their passeggiata early in the day after breakfast, rather than in the evening before dinner.
It is interesting that Morey knows a little Italian – could he be of part-Italian heritage, or have spent time travelling in Italy?