North of the Gioia Tauro plain, at the foot of the Serre mountains, Candidoni rises along the border of the provinces of Reggio Calabria and Vibo Valentia, offering a splendid view of the Tyrrhenian sea, and on the valleys of the Mesima, Metramo and Petrace rivers. The economy is mainly agricultural with the production of olive oil, citrus, dairy and forest exploitation.
- Altitude: 239 m a.s.l
- Population: about 400 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 89020
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0966
- Patron Saint: St. Nicola, celebrated on 6 December.
Follow Italy Heritage on Facebook
The name is derived, according to the tradition, from Kandidus, a noble Greek warrior, who escaping from the Lombard and Saracen invasion of nearby Medma, took refuge in the area. It is mentioned as belonging to the great Giustiziere of Calabria Giovanni Candida, who gave the place his name, then passed in the centuries under many feudal lords and finally belonged to the Pignatelli lords of Borrello until 1806. The earthquake of 1783 wiped away Borrello and seriously damaged also Candidoni.
What to see
- The church of San Nicola, rebuilt in 1793, is one of the richest in the Gioia Tauro plain, with a majestic marble altar, two huge statues of St. Peter and St Paul.
- The ruins of nearby Borrello.