Where it All Began


Gagliato is a small town in Calabria, the southernmost region of the Italian peninsula. It is nestled on a hillside, a ten-minute drive from the sea and a world away from the pace and lifestyle of the technology sector.

In 2005, Mauro and Paola Ferrari were charmed by this little town of only 500 people and made the serendipitous choice to make it their summer retreat – and the home of NanoGagliato. In convenient proximity to the beachside Lido San Domenico in Soverato (the“Lido of the NanoSciences”), Gagliato welcomed the Ferraris and their international guests with warmth and generous hospitality.

Out of that first approach grew an extraordinary experience that, over the years, has transformed a community facing downturn into a vibrant reality. The people of Gagliato embraced NanoGagliato and drew from it the town’s vocation as “town of the nanosciences.” Since then, Gagliato has attracted national and international attention for the scientific events of the summer. More importantly, it has become a model of how a little town’s embrace of a shared vocation can generate economic opportunities, a new urban and social landscape, and hope and optimism for the future.

Getting to Gagliato


Gagliato is only a 45-minute drive from the local airport of Lamezia Terme (airport code: SUF), which is connected to Rome and Milan with several daily direct flights. Travel expenses to SUF are the responsibility of participants. Please contact us with your flight information as soon as you have finalized your travel plans. We have one free shuttle service from the airport to Gagliato and return if you select your flights within the time window that we recommended in our invitation. For guests coming at different times, we can arrange for individual taxi pick up and drop off at a charge of € 75,00 each way.


From Lamezia Terme, along the Salerno-Reggio Calabria A6 highway:
If driving South on Highway A6, take the LAMEZIA TERME exit.
Continue toward CATANZARO/CROTONE.
After about 30km, take the GERMANETO exit.
Stay on the highway and proceed toward REGGIO CALABRIA the exit SOVERATO SUD.
At the exit, make a right toward SOVERATO/CHIARAVALLE.
IMPORTANT: Take the exit to your right, ad keep to the right toward SATRIANO.
IMPORTANT: After 2.5 km, turn left toward SATRIANO/GAGLIATO.
You will cross a small brick bridge, then immediately turn right to GAGLIATO.
Proceed uphill for about 5 km, turning left to GAGLIATO at the curb with a little sanctuary of the Virgin Mary.
Stay on the main road until you reach the small parking lot of the church. Please park there and we will come to meet you.

Welcome to NanoGagliato


There are no hotels in Gagliato except for the beautiful Bed & Breakfast L’Alba, which has a limited number of rooms (which we take over entirely with our NanoGagliato guests!). Otherwise, we provide accommodation for our guests in private homes in Gagliato. They are modest but wonderfully kept. Some of them have air conditioning. Each apartment or house has a kitchen and one or two baths and bedrooms to accommodate the parties.

All meals will be provided. A donation of 100€ per person is suggested to offset the costs of accommodations and meals.

Phone and Internet

Guests are encouraged to bring their cellular phones, as landlines will not be available. Verizon, AT&T and Vodafone cellular access is available. Guests are also encouraged to bring USB modems, mobile hotspots, or mobile broadband Air cards for wireless internet access.