As the summer heat rises Italians rapidly pack up and get out of dodge. For those hitting coastal locations, days at the beach are intermingled with scoffing varying amounts of food in habitual seaside kiosks, restaurants and “stabilimenti” lidos, rocky marine cliffs and beach resort towns. Lunchtime fare and snacks change according to region and local tradition. Here is a list of the most popular beach meals in Italy.

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Long gone are the days of Fifties-style bundles filled with trays of eggplant parmigiana, spaghetti and breaded cutlets. Nowadays beach meals in Italy are still commonly brought from home, kept in a cooler and fed to family members between swimming and sandcastle building. Compared to what they used to be, modern beach meals constitute rather a lighter, more summery fare. What do Italians eat at the beach?

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