Sorbo San Basile

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Sorbo San Basile
Comune di Sorbo San Basile
Sorbo San Basile is located in Italy
Sorbo San Basile
Sorbo San Basile
Location of Sorbo San Basile in Italy
Coordinates: 39°1′08″N 16°34′10″E / 39.01889°N 16.56944°E / 39.01889; 16.56944Coordinates: 39°1′08″N 16°34′10″E / 39.01889°N 16.56944°E / 39.01889; 16.56944
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Catanzaro (CZ)
Frazioni Melitello, Cutura, villaggio Lagomar
 • Mayor <Riccelli Luigi>
 • Total 58.69 km2 (22.66 sq mi)
Elevation 605 m (1,985 ft)
Population (31 December 2013)
 • Total 819
 • Density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sorbesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 88050
Dialing code 0961
Patron saint St Francis Xavier
Saint day 3 December
Website Official website

Sorbo San Basile is a village and comune in the province of Catanzaro in the Calabria region of southern Italy. The word "sorbo" in Italian means "the service tree or the sorb-apple tree" of which there are many orchards in the vicinity. The words "San Basile" refer to the Greek Saint Basil the Great because Basilian monks established a monastery in the area as early as 640. Some time after the canonization of Francis Xavier in 1622, that Spanish saint became the patron of the village. The population in 1861 was 1228 people, in 1901 held steady at 1224 people, in 1951 reached a high of 2118 people, but in 2001 sank to a low of 932 people (information from the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica).


The town is bordered by Bianchi (CS), Carlopoli, Cicala, Colosimi, Fossato Serralta, Gimigliano, Panettieri, Taverna (CZ).

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