I am back in Rome after a whirlwind trip down south to Malito, Calabria.
It was so nice to get away from Rome even if it was only for 2 nights! When I left the filth ridden Tiburtina station at midnight Friday night I could barely breath the air was so thick with smog and heat (not to mention gypsies and homeless people.)It was 25 degrees still at that time of night, and when I woke up at 6am in the morning my bus had arrived and I was once again able to breathe in the fresh, relatively pollution free Calabrian air.
The weather was far from perfect in Calabria, the days were very stormy with thick, hot wind making a passeggiata a rather sweaty experience...so we went to the beach instead. Bel ragazzo does not come from a seaside town, his little village of 800 odd people is nestled up in the Calabrian mountains, but the sea is only a short drive away. This time we headed off to a beach which is officially in Catanzaro the neighbouring region. As I said the weather was a little touch and go, but the water was cold and crystal clear, the beach practically empty and it was our first time to the beach this summer!
Here are some pics from the village:
One of the churches
The fountain which is February this year was frozen.
Bel ragazzo's country house which we are going to do up one of these days.
It is a lovely old house but has no water or electricity (at the moment.)
Calabria is such a wonderful, undiscovered region with such potential but it has never really made it onto the tourist map. Most people just use it as a gateway for Sicily to be honest which is such a shame. Why - you ask... What is the problem with Calabria? Why does no one want to go there?
Well my friends. I will save that for another blog.
For now I've got to go and meet some guests at the Termini Train station. They are not actually here with my company but there is a little scandal going on which has already made news in the UK and Ireland. The British Embassy is involved so therefore my lips for the moment must be sealed...