The name "Zambrone" has uncertain origins. Local diction records the following Zzambroni and Zzambronë. It is likely that the first settlement was founded by a group of refugees from the village of San Giovannello, who left their country to escape the pirate raids. According to another hypothesis, the village was founded by the inhabitants of Aramoni, fleeing from Robert of Anjou, who, in 1310, ordered the burning of their houses. In the following period Zambrone was a hamlet of Tropea which followed its fortunes. With the administrative reorganization ordered by the French, the centre was elevated to Luogo and was inserted in the Parghelia government. The decree of 4th May,1811 rendered Zambrone a municipality with the assignment of the following villages: San Giovanni, Dafina and Dafinacello. The decree also located Zambrone in the district of Briatico. The Bourbon law dating 1st May ,1816 included it in the district of Tropea. Zambrone’s agricultural production is strongly characterized by typical Calabrian products which are renowned for their special taste, texture and variety. In addition to a large oil production, Zambrone is famous for the production of delicious and special beans, called "butter" (al burro). The red onion is almost entirely cultivated in Daffinacello, since the only territory of Tropea could not satisfy the huge demand for this product. The chilli pepper is the king of cultivation, grown everywhere in Zambrone and used in typical dishes. The arbutus (corbezzolo), called cucummaro in dialect, is another characteristic product of the area. It can be found mainly in the hedges of St. Giovanni and also on the road from St. Giovanni to Daffinà (called precisely cucummarara). Particularly popular is the white grapes of Zambrone, called zibibbo which produce an excellent dessert wine.