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Sant'Alessio in Aspromonte, Province of Reggio Calabria, Calabria

This small town reflects in its name the cult towards the Saint and its location at the foot of the Aspromonte massif. Located about 11.5 kilometers northeast of Reggio Calabria, it belongs to the "Comunità Montana Versante dello Stretto". In the past the economy relied on agriculture and silkworm breeding, whereas today it is based on olive oil, vegetables, dairy products and timber.

Info

  • Altitude: 579 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 340 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 89050
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0965
  • Patron saint: St. Alessio of Rome, celebrated on the second Sunday in August.
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History

It was founded at the time of the sea raids of Saracen pirates by the citizens of nearby Calanna in search of a safer place. It was included in the fiefdom of Calanna until 1806, when it was recognized as a municipality (commune) in its own right. The place was severely damaged in the 1783 earthquake, that took a heavy toll of victims.

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