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Hello fellow Calabrians! I am an American and I am working on my family geneology. My grandfather Joseph Pezzano was born in Calabria in the late 1800's. Prior to emigrating to New York and resided in Philadelphia, it is believed that he worked for a short time in Poland on the railroad. Later When he lived in Philadelphia he married and had 13 children. I am the son of his middle son Angelo born in 1928.


Add Cultural Clash as Topic[edit]

Someone with more knowledge could maybe make an objective report about differences between immigrants and people there. Thanx Maarten,dutch (talk) 15:45, 17 January 2010 (UTC)


I have heard many versions of the usage of 'Calabria' as an adjective and other forms. Is a person from Calabria a Calabrian or a Calabrezi? As an adjective would it be Calabrian or Calabrese?

I think the best english wording is "Calabrian", while the italian adjective (singular) is "Calabrese" or "Calabresi" (plural). A person from Calabria is thus 'Calabrian'. ---iannigb

Famous Calabrians[edit]

Some Calabrians listed are actually Americans of Calabrian descent.

I've updated this list and welcome edits. Some content needs to be confirmed. Some people of Calabrian descent probably shouldn't be included if they are associated primarily with another country. Some that originated in Greece, that resided primarily in Calabria, are and should be included. Mariokempes 19:03, 20 March 2007 (UTC)


Napolitan is spoken only in Naples, not in all southern Italy.

The article on Calabria is to say the least " PATHETIC" !! In reality is WRong and politically motivated !! I note that there is no indication of the great cultural contribution of the Calabrian from the father of the rinascimento £TELESIO BERNARDINO " to the Inventor of the aspirin and nobel laureate Dulbecco !! The talk about criminality when in fact its a lot of nonsense and I shall refrain to REALLY SPELL where the criminals are !! There are political vertual reality in our world and we must live with them !! Going back to Calabrian Language its ALL ITALIAN and all its dialects LATIN base 100% ............aside from infilrations of immigrants in the 1400 century from albania that still speak an old form of albanian language, the dialects from Croton , Cosenza, Catanzaro and reggio are ANCIENT LATIN in their structure. The rest of the article needs a severe face lift !! i have attempted the corrections but i am under control !! they want to write what they want !!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:39, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Spam containing the word "Calabria"[edit]

I have received a huge amount of email in the past week that contains this word either in the subject or in the first sentence of the email. Is this the name of a new medication or something? Why would that word appear in spam messages? Thanks. --Dusty Wilson 20:54, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

I am Calabrian and I know for sure that Calabria is not the name of some new medication. I really can't realize why your spam messages speak about Calabria. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:51, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


What is the pronunciation for Calabria and Calabrese? Audio files would be best for the main page, but a phonetic listing is good enough I suppose.

It is something as "Kah-LAH-Bree-Ah". It would be nice if English language pronounced as it is written, like Italian, Latin or German. --Attilios 17:19, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
Calabrese is something like "Kal- Ah-BRAY-See". Paul August 17:58, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
I'm not adept at deciphering english "phonetic", but I think what you have just spelled is the plural form- calabresi. The singular- calabrese- would end in a "say" not a "see" 22:24, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
That's correct. I am "calabrese" and this is the right pronounciation. :) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:53, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


Isn't Calabria, Italy, reputed to be the location where broccoli was first cultivated? MaynardClark (talk) 03:25, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Sources are needed about the supposed Greek immigration dating back to the 16th and 17th century[edit]

I wait for a certain period. Either who added the lines talking about a supposed Greek immigration in Calabria dating back to the 16th and 17th century post some reliable source about this event that seems to be completely invented to me or I delete those lines. In fact a migration actually took place in the period and had some of the characteristics that are pointed out, but this was an immigration of Arbereshe and not Greek people.

Sorry, Calabria was not settled first (by oscian speaking people), this formulation is odd. Indo-European Oscians only arrived there around 800 before Chr. (may be up to 200 years earlier). There were people already there since the stone age, among them probably early Greek colonists.

In addition - where does the name of the region does come from? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:18, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Perhaps you didn't read the article properly, which doesn't speak of a Greek migration from the 16th and 17th century but instead refers to the degeneration of the (formerly widespread) Greek language in Calabria and other regions of southern Italy during 16th and 17th centuries along with a citation. I strongly suggest you to reconsider removing sourced information, since in Wikipedia removing sourced information is considered vandalism. see Wikipedia:Vandalism 11:40, 14 September 2012 (UTC)Cmend95 (talk)

Calabria bears a strong resemblance to the Greek city of Kalavryta where the English v replaces the Greek b which in Greek sounds as v. Greeks did colonize Southern Italy from about 800BCE. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 06:45, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Removing 700,000 BC claim[edit]

I am removing the claim of evidence of habitation at up to 700,000 BC, based on two reasons:

  1. The claim is unsourced and contentious.
  2. The coincidence of this date being close to the defined end of the Calabrian subdivision of the Palaeolithic age (which is named as such for wholly unrelated reasons).

It is simply too probable that an enthusiast perhaps did a quick google, and, skimming the name in a returned search header/paragraph, saw the name of Calabria alongside that period's defined end, which can vary depending on sources but is almost always quite close to a little over 700ka, and slapped in something that sounds very nice. This — combined with a complete dearth of supporting citation for a claim that, while certainly far from impossible, can certainly be considered debatable without any supporting evidence — essentially demands that the claim be either tempered or removed. However, since I do not have any definitive source that provides a better or corrected date (nor, apparently, has anyone else for a substantial period of time now) and the claim stands alone, the remaining correct action is deletion, at least until it can be sourced. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saturn comes back around (talkcontribs) 17:52, 15 September 2015 (UTC)