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Comune di Colosimi
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Colosimi is located in Italy
Location of Colosimi in Italy
Coordinates: 39°7′N 16°24′E / 39.117°N 16.400°E / 39.117; 16.400Coordinates: 39°7′N 16°24′E / 39.117°N 16.400°E / 39.117; 16.400
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Cosenza (CS)
Frazioni Arcuri, Carrano, Coraci, Gigliotti, Manche, Mascari, Melilla, Rizzuti, Trearie, Volponi.
 • Total 24 km2 (9 sq mi)
Elevation 850 m (2,790 ft)
 • Total 1,415
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Colosimari
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87050
Dialing code 0984
Patron saint Assumption of Mary
Saint day 15 August
Website Official website

Colosimi is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Gangster James Colosimo was born here in 1878.


The region is presented as a set of eleven small villages, including the capital, whose population existed here from the seventeenth century. The etymology is related to the Colosimo surname, which is widespread in the area. Colosimi is potentially Greek in origin, being formed from the words 'colosi' (more correctly spelt as 'colossi' and being the plural of colossus) and 'mi' (meaning 'me'). It is believed that until the early decades of the 7th century Colosimi was inhabited only in summer and that the first permanent inhabitants suffered disasters in the seventeenth century, such as famines and earthquakes. An especially the large earthquake occurred on 27 March 1638.

The first Colosimi administrative autonomy (1811) was related to the political strength of the city-owned University of Scigliano. Until 1820, the municipality of Colosimi belonged as a territory of the town of Bianchi, Calabria. It became autonomous in that year.

In 1813, Colosimi became home to the oldest Masonic Workshop, namely the Mamertini lodge, which, together with the Ginnosofisti silani di Carlopoli and the La Sila di Decollatura, can be called the cultural forges of these upland moors in the nineteenth century.