Fossato Serralta, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria
Fossato Serralta is located 17 km north of Catanzaro, on the slopes of the Sila range. Its "frazione" Maranise was renowned for its leather tanning and spinning wool activities.
- Altitude: 722 m a.s.l
- Population: about 600 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 88050
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0961
- Patron Saint: St. Francesco da Paola, celebrated on the first Sunday in August
- Frazioni & Localities: Canne, Maranise, Savuci.
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History - Antiquity and the Middle Ages
The origins of Fossato Serralta involve the history of Taverna, the ancient Trischene of Magna Graecia. In the year 981 Taverna was destroyed by invading Saracens together with Borgo Casale. The survivors of Casale took refuge on a hill called "Serra Alta" (high sierra) and there they fortified the new settlement by digging a dicth (=fossato) from which the name of the place.
The settlement was a fief of the Ruffo family until 1464, when it passed to the royal domain.
History - Modern Times
Fossato Serralta was, for a long time, the capital, and one of the three "Universities" born from the destruction of Trischene, and had jurisdiction over the neighboring villages of Pentone, Sorbo San Basile, Maranise, Savuci and Noce. Pentone was separated from Fossato Serralta in 1838 and Sorbo San Basile in 1850. Between 1943 and 1946 Noce was completely destroyed and disappeared, as a result of floods.