August in Calabria

by Lorenzo Piccoli


Il Film Festival la Guarimba in Amantea. Thanks to the organisers: Alex, Julio, Sara, Miguel, Martina, Marta… And thanks to Ale, who set up the whole thing for us. It was special to watch the movies in the parking area, meet the organisers around the town, swim, share a flat with Ale, Cianci, Ludo, get to know Chris and Alessio.

Le granite: soprattutto quelle di Sicoli per colazione e quelle del Bar Riviera di Locri, con panna. Quanto è bello fare colazione a mezzogiorno, ai piani alti del paese, con ritmi rallentati e tanta frutta. E poi: le brioche e i cornetti ripieni di gelato, le bruschette pomodoro e acciughe, le alici ripiene, il capocollo, la nduja un pò ovunque, il peperoncino fresco, la sardella, la spremuta di melograno, le cipolle rosse nell’insalata, quei panini con il capocollo nell’alimentari di Amantea scovato da Michi.

Il MuSaBa di Nik Spataro e Hiske Maas. I have always imagined there would be one museum like this in the world.

Notes to self:

(1) In many towns there is at least a square or a street dedicated to ‘Gli emigranti‘. Italians are now obsessed with immigration, but here it is still visible how much emigration has been the most important phenomenon in the past.

(2) Why is there no famous writer from Calabria? And why have there been so many singers (Mia Martini, Rino Gaetano, Brunori Sas…)?

(3) Why are there Christmas decorations and lights all around the city centre of Amantea in August?

(4) The light in Calabria is so strong – I am not good at taking picture with it.