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Venture into the deep south of Italy for a real Italian adventure.
Our 2 bedroom apartment is situated in the small coastal village of CALOPEZZATI, in the district of COSENZA, CALABRIA. The narrow foot of Italy is typically very warm in the summer (mid to high 30's), but benefits from refreshing coastal breezes off the Ionian Sea and also westerly breezes through the mountains from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The nearest town of note is ROSSANO, 16km north along the SS106. This area is a popular holiday area for Italians wanting to escape the intense heat of their cities in July and August. Our apartment is in a mainly residential area of only 3 or 4 streets. There is a holiday villaggio close by and some new developments in the area. Olive and orange groves stretch into the countryside from just across the street.
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Parli italiano? This is the deep south. There are not many English speakers, tho it is surprising where they turn up. Many of the menfolk work away in Germany, so lots speak some German. But make like the natives and don't be shy - use lots of gesticulation and sign language! Una pizza, una birra, un cafe. Facile!
SERVICES CASH IS KING in these parts! The nearest ATM/bankomat is in Mirto. You can pay by card in the bigger restaurants and supermarkets. CHEMIST - FARMACIA (Green Cross) On the main road, on the way to the beach. First Aid advice can be obtained here. Take basic over-the-counter medicines with you as they are more expensive here. You cannot buy medicines in the supermarkets like in UK. EMERGENCIES IN EUROPE - DIAL 112
FOOD SHOPPING There is a mini-market, 2 bakeries, a butcher, a salami and cheese shop and a honey shop in the near vicinity. The nearest supermarket is the INTERSPA at Mirto, 3 km north. It has a good range of produce and household items. MIRTO is a busy little town and has lots of little shops of every sort, a couple of supermarkets, banks and a market on the last Saturday of the month.
BARS AND CAFES The local bars are generally quite small, with 1 or 2 tables on the street. Coffee is always available. Italians pop in for a cappuccino and perhaps a pastry in the morning. Espresso is for all other times, and is usually served with a small beaker of water. 5 o'clock is beer time, and 7 o'clock is aperitvo hour and snacks are usually offered free. In the bigger towns, there may be a premium charge for drinks to cover the generous snacks on offer. In a small bar, holidaymakers are a curiosity, which makes for entertainment all round!