Melissa, Calabria

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Melissa
Comune di Melissa
Skyline of Melissa
Coat of arms of Melissa
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Location of Melissa
Melissa is located in Italy
Melissa
Melissa
Location of Melissa in Italy
Melissa is located in Calabria
Melissa
Melissa
Melissa (Calabria)
Coordinates: 39°18′30″N 17°01′40″E / 39.30833°N 17.02778°E / 39.30833; 17.02778
CountryItaly
RegionCalabria
ProvinceCrotone (KR)
FrazioniTorre Melissa
Government
 • MayorGino Murgi
Area
 • Total51.63 km2 (19.93 sq mi)
Elevation
256 m (840 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total3,511
 • Density68/km2 (180/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Melissesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
88817 (88814 Torre Melissa)
Dialing code0962
Patron saintSaint Nicholas
WebsiteOfficial website

Melissa (Calabrian: Mèlissë) 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.

History[edit]

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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ ISTAT Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine