Summer in Italy

Summer in Italy

One of my favorite experiences in Italy is the trips to the beach towns (Ah summer in Italy). This past trip I experienced a hidden gem in southern Italy. Located in the region of Calabria, Gizzeria is a small town yet city like setting with little areas of gorgeous beaches lined with large smooth black pebbles; additionally there are night clubs, hotels and restaurants all sandwiched in by apartment buildings, mini shopping malls and outdoor bazaars. Considered an afterthought for many years, this area has and is continuing to see a real resurgence, especially with the younger crowds.


Our travels led us to a place geared towards adventurous, and party hearty young adults, Hang Loose Beach is perhaps the Kite Surfing Capital of the World. It also has a great beach area, Bocce courts, volleyball sand courts, basketball court, and of course its claim to fame the Kite surfing area AKA the ocean. They also hold one of the most prestigious Kite surfing championships here. The thing is this is an extremely breezy area, with great wind gusts and cool steady winds virtually nonstop.


Bonus they have unbelievable food! The restaurant serves authentic Italian seafood dishes. I can attest to the quality first hand as I experienced one of if not the best Linguine with Prawns and scallops I have ever had; simply prepared with fresh lemon juice, and zest, very high quality extra virgin olive oil, and paired with a refreshing light Vermentino. Local fresh regional and authentic. Unbelievably flavorful.

At night the place turns into a combination of Spring Break gone wild and Disco tech (Dance Party).
Since we had my 3 year old with us we did not stick around too long and fully experience the party atmosphere however what we did witness looked like a super fun party. A DJ rolled in at about 7:45pm and began to pump music through the veins of all in attendance. At about 9pm people began dancing and running about. Then all of the sudden the place was jammed with people all partying and drinking and singing and dancing, also some were playing Futbol (soccer), volleyball or other sports around the beach. Looked like a blast.


Life is about the experience and summer in Italy is defined by the Beach. Only Italians can create party atmosphere like this. Although it's one of the many, many choices available throughout Italy this is one to definitely place on your list. Not overly expensive, not very pretentious but not short on fun and quality.

Summer in Italy




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