|Coming down the hill into Scalea ..great view of the Beaches in full summer|
I went out Friday morning to record some beach scenes. Many people actually reserve spots at their favorite lido a year in advance and space can be limited. The beach was not as busy as I anticipated, but it was only 28 degrees and the sea had big swells breaking. I believe that many Italians are afraid of the sea, so when it gets choppy or with swells, they shy away instead of playing in the water.
Only a few souls were playing this day. We would have enjoyed it had we gone to swim Friday. You can get an idea how the free public beaches look as well as the many commercial lidi.
I was going to comment on the variety of male and female bathing costumes, but for once, I kept my mouth closed.
Beach vendors are found everywhere we have been in Italy. They normally are from Pakistan, India or Africa. Some have been in our language class briefly. Walking up and down the long black sand beaches all day has to be a very hot, tough job.
Over the years, we have never been to Scalea on Ferragosto when many people are out playing until the wee hours, so we decided to try it...the most important summer day in Italy. All August nights in Scalea are busy say some people we’ve heard from. Because we are morning people, the question was how to stay up late to see Scalea nightlife? We finish dinner about 20:00 and most entertainment begins at 22:30.
We decided to try going to bed, then wake up for the peak of the evening. 23:30 was probably a bit late because as soon as we awoke, the big fireworks display in Scalea began, followed by about 7 others done by other communities or beach lidi. Great to view from our terrace, but we didn’t get close-up photos.
The piazza 58 steps from our house in Santa Domenica as we walked to the car. We missed what probably was a nice mellow concert there judging by the number of older folks leaving as we headed out!
|The Beach Scene in Scalea at Midnight|
There is plenty of nightlife in Scalea and every other town on the Calabrian coastline in the summer. Small towns like our’s also put together a range of entertainment for citizens and visitors in August. It truly is a time for enjoying the outdoor evenings. At my age however, staying closer to home - in walking distance of the bed - is più oculato (more prudent). Di had to remind me that we were looking for the crowds, so she pointed me to the most crowded streets on the way to the beach area from the downtown pedestrian mall. I intuitively started for the roundabout route. I'm normally very good at avoiding crowds.
These are scenes from the pedonale near Piazza Calobrese. Folks were relaxing at bars, gelateria, looking at the stuff for sale on the street, walking children in strollers, etc.
The more active and youthful restaurants and bars are on the beach. This kidee carnival remains in place most of the year, but is used only at nights in the summer. It’s a good training ground to teach kids how to stay up late! Virtually every party, dinner or event that we have been to includes kids even if they are still up after midnight.
Ahhh, such a nice wholesome gathering of teenagers on the beach. I don’t know if they could see their phone screens in the dark! The point here is that they were not drinking anything other than water. I’ve been told that the drinking age for beer and wine is 16, and for spirits it is 18.
Occasionally we see kids sipping beer, but not often. I won’t tell you how bad I was at that age with a group of my peers.
The same minimal drinking thing can be said about the adults. I didn’t push anyone’s privacy with the camera, but the majority of folks at tables were enjoying gelato or drinking caffe’. A few had empty beer bottles or wine glasses.