Marano Marchesato

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Marano Marchesato
Comune di Marano Marchesato
The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Marano Marchesato
The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Marano Marchesato
Marano Marchesato is located in Italy
Marano Marchesato
Marano Marchesato
Location of Marano Marchesato in Italy
Coordinates: 39°19′N 16°10′E / 39.317°N 16.167°E / 39.317; 16.167Coordinates: 39°19′N 16°10′E / 39.317°N 16.167°E / 39.317; 16.167
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Cosenza (CS)
 • Total 5 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation 470 m (1,540 ft)
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total 3,065
 • Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Maranesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87040
Dialing code 0984
Patron saint Madonna del Carmine
Saint day 15 July
Website Official website

Marano Marchesato is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. The origins of the town's name are widely disputed. One claim is that the name derives from the medieval Marano family, who, throughout the course of the Saracen occupation of the nearby emirate of Amantea, provided refuge to those fleeing the Muslim conquest. A second hypothesis is that Marano refers to the Spanish word "marrano", a derogatory term given to Iberian Jews who had converted to Christianity before the Spanish Inquisition. Many of these early converts, or "conversos", fled to southern Italy given the region's climate and linguistic similarity. This theory is furthered by the existence of a thriving silk trade in the town's history.


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)