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Comune di Castelsilano
Castelsilano is located in Italy
Location of Castelsilano in Italy
Coordinates: 39°16′18″N 16°46′09″E / 39.27167°N 16.76917°E / 39.27167; 16.76917Coordinates: 39°16′18″N 16°46′09″E / 39.27167°N 16.76917°E / 39.27167; 16.76917
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Crotone (KR)
Frazioni none
 • Mayor Francesco Durante
 • Total 39.51 km2 (15.25 sq mi)
Elevation 900 m (3,000 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,034
 • Density 26/km2 (68/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castelsilanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 88834
Dialing code 0984
Patron saint San Leonardo
Saint day November 6
Website Official website

Castelsilano is a comune and town with a population of 1034 people in the province of Crotone, in Calabria, Italy.


Castelsilano was founded in 1685 when Scipione Rota, Prince of Acherontia, decided on the construction of a fortified structure to rest during his long hunting expeditions and as a place to stay during the summer months.[1] The surrounding area around these fortified houses was built gradually. Called Castrum Casini originally, it became a municipality under the name of Casino on 14 August 1811 by decree of King Joachim Murat.

In 1916, the town passed from the Province of Cosenza to that of Catanzaro. The name was changed from Casino to Castelsilano in June 1950.[1] Starting in 1994, following the establishment of five new provinces, Castelsilano became part of the province of Crotone.

In 1980, a Libyan Mig-23 fell in the communal territory:[2] it has been speculated it could be connected to the Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 destruction.


Castelsilano relies on the production of oil, wine, and citruses and the intense breeding of cattle.


  1. ^ a b Caligiuri, Mario (2001). Guida insolita ai misteri, ai segreti, alle leggende e alle curiosità della Calabria. Rome: Newton & Compton. p. 264. ISBN 8882894185. 
  2. ^ Skaarup, Harold (2008). Canadian MiG Flights. IN, USA: iUniverse. p. 95. ISBN 9780595520718.