|Comune di Castrovillari|
The massif of Pollino
seen from Mimmo Rende Stadium
Castrovillari within the Province of Cosenza and Calabria
|Frazioni||Cammarata, Ciminito, Vigne|
|• Mayor||Domenico Lo Polito|
|• Total||130 km2 (50 sq mi)|
|Elevation||362 m (1,188 ft)|
|Population (October 30, 2010)|
|• Density||170/km2 (450/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Iulian|
|Saint day||January 27|
The name derives probably from the medieval Latin castrum villarum, meaning "fortress of the villas". The city was founded under the Crown of Aragon, which built the famous Castle. The town is situated in the middle of a huge arena shaped by big mountains, like Pollino (2,248 m) and Dolcedorme (2,273 m). This is the area of Pollino natural park, one of the biggest in Europe.
The town borders with the municipalities of Altomonte, Cassano allo Ionio, Cerchiara di Calabria, Chiaromonte (PZ), Civita, Frascineto, Morano Calabro, San Basile, San Lorenzo Bellizzi, San Lorenzo del Vallo, Saracena, Spezzano Albanese, Viggianello and Terranova di Pollino (PZ).
- Castello Aragonese
- Ponte della Catena (Bridge of the Chain), connecting the two halves of the city
- church of San Giuliano
- Franciscan protoconvent
- church of Madonna del Castello
The town was served, until 1978, by a railway station on the abandoned narrow gauge line Lagonegro-Lauria-Castrovillari-Spezzano Albanese, owned by the regional company Ferrovie della Calabria (FC). It is crossed by the A3 motorway (Naples-Salerno-Cosenza-Reggio Calabria) and served by two exits: "Castrovillari-Morano Calabro" and "Castrovillari-Frascineto".
Chess practice is quite common in Castrovillari, the local team playing in the second division of the Italian team competition. Regarding football, the most representative team is the U.S. Castrovillari Calcio, commonly known as Castrovillari. The team played for several seasons in the Serie C2, the fourth highest football league in Italy and the lowest with a professional status. Its home ground is the "Mimmo Rende Stadium".
Notes and references
- (Italian) Source: ISTAT 2010
- (Italian) Historical infos about the Lagonegro-Castrovillari-Spezzano railway
- Now Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
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- (Italian) Castrovillari official website
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- (Italian) Castrovillari OnLine
- (Italian) The diary of Castrovillari