Historian Ottaviano Pasqua identifies Martone with the village of Santa Maria di Bucito, that appeared already in a notary deed of 1181 and rose probably around a monastery of Byzantine monks. It was a fiefdom of many noble families among which the Correale, Loffredo, Ruffo, Elia, Aragon d'Ajerbe and finally the Carafa until 1806.
- Population: about 520 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 89040
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0964
- Demonym: martonesi
- Patron Saint: St. Giorgio, celebrated on 23 April.
History - Antiquity and the Middle Ages
History - Modern Times
On 29 August 1860 the town risked being destroyed after a bombing order of general La Marmora, but the following day 30 August the order was cancelled and the population believed this was a miracle of St. George; still today the event is commemorated with a great festivity in honor of the Saint.
What to see
- The Pietra di Sant'Anania, a huge rock containing a great many fossils, on the road that in the past connected Martone with San Giovanni di Gerace and to the flour mills along the Levadio river.
- The Grotta dei Saraceni, situated in contrada Gujune, where since the 7th century was a community of monks of Sant'Anania.
- The Torre Mazzoni in the area called Sujeria, was part of a system of sighting towers in the valley of the Torbido river; built in stone, could lodge a military garrison with their horses.
- The Vescovado Palace - outside the village, was a property of Baron Macrì, and the bishops of Locri used to spend the summer here.
- The church of San Giorgio, built in the 14th century, destroyed in the 1783 earthquake and rebuilt later, hosts the relics of San George's arm.
- The church of San Giuseppe a 16th century church, contains real-size wooden statues of the Sorrowful Virgin, San Giuseppe, Santa Lucia, and others, which were possibly kept originally in the no more extant Chiesa del Carmine.
- The parish church of the Assunta, very ancient but completely rebuilt after the earthquakes, has a precious crucifix in silver of the 17th century.