Melissa, Calabria

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Comune di Melissa
Coat of arms of Melissa
Coat of arms
Melissa is located in Italy
Location of Melissa in Italy
Coordinates: 39°18′30″N 17°01′40″E / 39.30833°N 17.02778°E / 39.30833; 17.02778
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Crotone (KR)
Frazioni Torre Melissa
 • Mayor Gino Murgi
 • Total 51 km2 (20 sq mi)
Elevation 256 m (840 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,624
 • Density 71/km2 (180/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Melissesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 88817 (88814 Torre Melissa)
Dialing code 0962
Patron saint Saint Nicholas
Website Official website

Melissa is a comune in the province of Crotone, in Calabria. The village Melissa is situated in the mountainous inland, while the frazione of Torre Melissa is on the Ionian Sea coast. The Melissa DOC is a Calabrian wine region.


Melissa is mentioned for the first time in 13th century documents. It was a fief of the de Micheli family (1463–66), Venetian nobles based in Calabria, of the Campitelli family (1485–1688) and, later, to the Pignatelli (1688–1806).

In 1949 it was the location of a massacre, when the police shot against the population, killing three people.

Twin towns[edit]

Melissa is twinned with:


  1. ^ ISTAT Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.