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Comune di Saracena
View of Saracena from Lungro
View of Saracena from Lungro
Saracena is located in Italy
Location of Saracena in Italy
Coordinates: 39°46′N 16°9′E / 39.767°N 16.150°E / 39.767; 16.150Coordinates: 39°46′N 16°9′E / 39.767°N 16.150°E / 39.767; 16.150
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Cosenza (CS)
Frazioni Zoccalia
 • Total 111.51 km2 (43.05 sq mi)
Elevation 606 m (1,988 ft)
 • Total 4,082
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Saracenari
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87010
Dialing code 0981
Patron saint San Leone
Saint day 19 February
Website Official website

Saracena (Greek: Sarakine) is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. The town is bordered by Altomonte, Castrovillari, Firmo, Lungro, Morano Calabro, Mormanno, Orsomarso and San Basile and is home to the Church of San Leone, a 12th-century Byzantine church. The town's patron is San Leone di Catania, who is celebrated twice a year, once in the spring, then again in late summer.

Like Palermo and Tropea, Saracena was renowned for its souk (suk, or street market) during the period of Arab Sicily from the ninth century until the Normam Period, in which Arab-Sicilian influence remained strong up until 1200 AD.


The village of Saracena is noted for the specialty dessert wine produced in the area, Moscato di Saracena, made in a passito (straw wine) style from a blend of several white Italian grape varieties including Coda di Volpe bianca (known locally as Guarnaccia bianca), Malvasia bianca di Candia, Addoraca and Muscat blanc à Petits Grains (known locally as Moscatello d Saracena).[1]


Jevollela, M. 2005, Le radici islamiche dell’Europa, Boroli Editore, Milano.

  1. ^ J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pg 8 Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2