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Comune di Maierato
Maierato is located in Italy
Location of Maierato in Italy
Coordinates: 38°42′N 16°12′E / 38.700°N 16.200°E / 38.700; 16.200Coordinates: 38°42′N 16°12′E / 38.700°N 16.200°E / 38.700; 16.200
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Province of Vibo Valentia (VV)
 • Total 39.9 km2 (15.4 sq mi)
Population (Dec. 2004)
 • Total 2,305
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Maieratani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 89843
Dialing code 0963

Maierato is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Vibo Valentia in the Italian region Calabria, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southwest of Catanzaro and about 11 kilometres (7 mi) northeast of Vibo Valentia. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,305 and an area of 39.9 square kilometres (15.4 sq mi).[1]

Maierato borders the following municipalities: Capistrano, Filogaso, Francavilla Angitola, Monterosso Calabro, Pizzo, Polia, Sant'Onofrio.

Demographic evolution[edit]

2010 landslide[edit]

In February 2010 a landslide occurred near Maierato which was filmed by an amateur cameraman, where the whole nearby hillside slid downwards. Some 200 people were evacuated from their homes. The incident was shown by the BBC.[2][3]

Maieratani in North America[edit]

Many Italians from the town of Maierato set sail for the American East Coast, in hope to find work to provide for their families, as Southern Italy had been quite impoverished at the time. Many Maieratani men came to the United States pre-world war II, but returned after the war to marry other Maieratani or to bring family to America. Most Maieratani settled in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, and many became steel mill workers. Now, many Maieratani control government positions in the city.

The Maieratani that came to Canada mostly settled in the Golden Horseshoe area of southern Ontario, mainly in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. This group is very tight knit and even have a social club called "Maierato Club" with annual events such as the "Festa Di San Rocco".


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ "Southern Italian landslide caught on video". BBC News. 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  3. ^ Dave Petley (2010-02-16). "Watch this! Extraordinary landslide video - Maierato, Italy". AGU. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 

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