It's time for the second installment of Life Abroad's "Summer Around the World" Series, this time featuring the delicious Italian blog "Ciao Down". Em and GC are an adorable couple from San Diego/New Jersey who moved to Italy to experience life abroad. Their blog is filled with the most delicious food photography and chronicles their adventures throughout Italy and the rest of Europe!
Emily was kind enough to tell us how Italians celebrate summer!
Where do you live?
Bologna, Italy during the year, and in the summertime we escape to a little beach town along the Adriatic called Fano.
What is your idea of a perfect summer day?
A table set up in the shallow end of the sea, with some beach chairs set up around it for you and your friends. Then having the beachfront barista delivering your drinks directly to you in the water. That's the perfect summer day.
What is the summer weather typically like in Italy?
Italy in general can be extremely hot in the summertime. Most Italians escape to the seaside to avoid the heat.
Is there a special summer food that defines your country?
Prosciutto melone (meat wrapped around cantaloupe) and cozzo e vongole (buckets of mussels and clams). Also, Aperol Spritz (Aperol with Spumonte or Prosecco).
What do people in your area of Italy do to "beat the heat"?
All the Italians in Bologna escape to the beach for the entire month of August. If you come to Bologna at that time, all the stores are closed and it's just you and the tourists, it's a ghost town. All around Italy it's more or less the same thing, everyone escapes to the beach.
Please list five things visitors to Italy should experience this summer.
~ The Amalfi Coast
~ Granite di limone
~ Movies in the Piazza
~ Notte Bianche's - The summer party that cities in Italy throw
~ Any seafood dish cooked on the coast
Thank you Emily and GC for giving us a view of summer in Italy!