Isola di Capo Rizzuto

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Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Comune di Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Palazzo Barracco, the town hall
Palazzo Barracco, the town hall
Coat of arms of Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Coat of arms
Isola di Capo Rizzuto is located in Italy
Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Location of Isola di Capo Rizzuto in Italy
Coordinates: 38°57′32″N 17°05′44″E / 38.95889°N 17.09556°E / 38.95889; 17.09556Coordinates: 38°57′32″N 17°05′44″E / 38.95889°N 17.09556°E / 38.95889; 17.09556
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Crotone (KR)
Frazioni Campolongo, Capo Rizzuto, Le Castella, Sant'Anna, Le Cannella, Marinella
 • Mayor Carolina Girasole
 • Total 125 km2 (48 sq mi)
Population (February 28, 2007)
 • Total 14,839
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Isolitani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 88841
Dialing code 0962
Patron saint Madonna Greca
Website Official website

Isola di Capo Rizzuto is a comune (municipality) in the province of Crotone, Calabria, Italy. The population of the town is around 15,000.


Despite the name Isola (island), the town is entirely on the mainland. There are several theories under which the name derives from Greek mythology or is a corruption of a Greek word. Geographically the seaside district of the town of Capo Rizzuto is a peninsula. Elsewhere the main historical attraction, the powerful 16th-century fortification in the district of Le Castella, stands on piece of land connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.

In 1977 the archaeologist Domenico Marino discovered and excavated a site on the Capo Piccolo promontory with important Early Bronze Age II and Middle Bronze Age I-II artifacts of Minoan origin, demonstrating early trade contact between the eastern Mediterranean and Italy. The finds are on display in the National Archaeological Museum in nearby Crotone.

The town forms part of the Marine Protected Area Capo Rizzuto.

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