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Comune di Cutro
The Chiesa Madre of Cutro.
The Chiesa Madre of Cutro.
Coat of arms of Cutro
Coat of arms
Cutro is located in Italy
Location of Cutro in Italy
Coordinates: 39°01′58″N 16°58′57″E / 39.03278°N 16.98250°E / 39.03278; 16.98250Coordinates: 39°01′58″N 16°58′57″E / 39.03278°N 16.98250°E / 39.03278; 16.98250
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Crotone (KR)
Frazioni San Leonardo, Steccato
 • Mayor Salvatore Migale
 • Total 131 km2 (51 sq mi)
Elevation 226 m (741 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)
 • Total 10,474
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cutresi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 88842
Dialing code 0962
Patron saint SS. Crucifix
Saint day May 3
Website Official website

Cutro (Calabrian: Cùtru) is a town and comune in the province of Crotone, Calabria region, Italy. It's called "City of chess". It is the place of birth of Vincenzo Iaquinta, World Cup-winning footballer who played for Serie A club Juventus.


Cutro was a Greek colony of Magna Graecia, with the name of Kyterion.

It obtained the title of city in 1575 by the Spanish King Philip II, after the local chess champion Giò Leonardo Di Bona had won a contest at the Spanish court, become first international winner of chess.

Cutro was destroyed by an earthquake on March 8, 1832. It remained the most populous centre of the region until the mid-20th century, when a strong emigration flow towards Germany and northern Italy (especially in Reggio Emilia) reduced the number of inhabitants considerably.

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Italian Wikipedia article