Picnic Lunches

I've read and see Rick talk about picnic lunches as money saving options. Sounds good and easy to get stuff for sandwiches and cheeses. But what if we want to grab a local bottle of wine for our picnic. can you drink a bottle of wine in a park or say in a piazza enjoying the view? or is that not allowed. And if you can drink wine say on our picnic, what are you using for glasses? Do you just get some paper cup someplace, or travel with one of those "unbreakable" wine glasses? I use one of those at the beach here for picnic dinner and they work great. Just curious if I should pack that in my daybag or find dispoable cups over in italy.

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
6726 posts

You can have a picnic in most parks in Italy, but not in most piazzas.

Posted by Robert
Tampa, FL, USA
824 posts

thanks. I totally didn't thin about Collapsible Plastics Cups. They'll take up less room in the luggage.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14086 posts

We used plastic water glass. Who says you need stemware? The Europeans are not as fussy as we are about open containers. Take your bottle. However, some areas are prohibiting picnics in public areas. This is true in Rome. So you might look around to see what the locals are doing and not just other tourists.

Posted by Monte
Genesee, ID
1759 posts

We always carry collapsible plastic cups for just such a need. They are used in hotels, on trains, etc. Also, we each carry a spork and napkins. They are always with us because you never know when you will need them. Our picky pseudo puritism is not a factor in Europe when having alcoholic beverages in public.

Posted by Sharon
151 posts

Robert - We recently had two great sunset picnics by the breakwater in Monterosso. We had bottles of wine with us and did not even draw a glance. We used plastic cups from our room. They were both great picnics - I strongly recommend it!

Posted by Terry kathryn
Ann Arbor, Mi
3553 posts

On a recent trip I bought a beautiful crystal wine glass in Prague for a picnic, and managed to carry it the rest of the trip and it even made it home with me...but I could also drink wine out of a paper cup, coffee cup, plastic cup... but not the bottle:))

Posted by maggie
St Louis
406 posts

Several places where we purchased picnic food opened the bottle of wine for us and provided cups. Do look around to get a feel for where others are picnicing and follow suit. The Conad near the Pantheon actually has a sort of food court area upstairs where you can purchase your lunch, sandwiches, freshly made salads and cold beverages and eat at tables.

Posted by Steve
Alpharetta, ga, usa
49 posts

Same answer as the others, the most romantic picnic I had was in St. Marks Square listening to the piano's play with local meats, cheeses and wine sipped out of plastic cups.

Posted by Linda
Bromley, Kent,, UK
1774 posts

It is against the law to picnic in St Marks's Square or on any public street. Ice creams are ok.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
6521 posts

I wouldn't bother with collapsible cups from home. If your hotel doesn't have plastic cups, you can get them at the same supermarket where you buy the wine and food. Use them and toss them with the rest of your trash, instead of carrying sticky (or wet) cups around with you afterward. Please don't use paper cups, wine just doesn't taste right from them. I would bring a pack of ziplock bags to keep the food in, especially left-overs, and a serrated knife (to slice the rolls, baguettes, bread, and to spread the pesto, mustard, whatever). And picnic dinners save even more money than picnic lunches. . .

Posted by karen
Long Beach, CA, USA
110 posts

We did a picnic on the Seine in Paris and just drank our wine directly out of the bottles. Oops.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
6521 posts

What a faux pas! And you wonder why they don't like Americans? Just kidding.

Posted by Don
Santa Fe, NM, USA
177 posts

One thing many people forget is to bring a cork-screw. Many people have had to borrow ours.