Fare Le Vasche

From a blog definition on WordReference.com, one of the best online foreign language dictionaries, under the title “Che cosa significa ‘fare le vasche’?”

…in ogni città, specialmente di provincia, c’è una piazza, una via, un corso …deputati alle “vasche”. Là, ad una certa ora del tardo pomeriggio, convergono gli “indigeni” (le vasche non sono roba per i forestieri o quelli di passaggio) come presentandosi ad una sorta di appuntamento; passeggiano avanti e indietro in coppie o gruppetti, agganciando altri amici ad ogni passaggio.

In every city, especially in the small towns, there is a square, street, walk regarded as the “vasche.” There, at a certain hour in late afternoon, the people come together, presenting themselves as if for a date, passing back and forth in a group or in pairs, running into other friends at each walk.

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