Beaches and bathing suits aside, nothing signals the imminent arrival of summer quite like the art of eating all’aperto. Seeing and being seen dining outdoors – whether hunched over tiny piazza tables or taking in views on exclusive terraces – is a sacred rite of Florentine summer. But just as fun (and easier on your wallet) is the nostalgia-inducing practice of the picnic. Camping out with sandwiches and crews of snacking friends isn’t possible (or enjoyable) in the thick of downtown, but plenty of areas in and around Florence have dedicated picnicking areas where you can tote a basket and blanket, or even fire up a public grill.
Remember, of course, to respect these public spaces: when it’s time to pack up and head home from the park, leave your picnicking area better than you found it.