Caraffa di Catanzaro is an arbëreshë (Italo-Albanian) town of about 2000 inhabitants located near Catanzaro. The industrial area downstream of the old town has recently developed.
The town was founded around 1448 during a significant migration wave by Albanian Shqipetar militias headed by Demetrio Reres and his sons George and Basil who crossed the Ionian Sea to support Alfonso of Aragon, King of Naples. The name derives from the noble Carafa Family, Dukes of Nocera.
The town is located in the narrowest point of Catanzaro Isthmus, between the Gulfs of Squillace and St Eufemia. It stands on an upland area 356 m high above sea level and overlooks both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. About 10 km far, in Germaneto, the following facilities are located: “Magna Graecia” University of Catanzaro and “Mater Dei” University Hospital; the regional offices of Civil Protection; the regional food farming center COMALCA; Calabria Region Administrative Offices; the recently established Catanzaro station; the new SS106 Ionian road interchange.
Caraffa di Catanzaro is 35 km far from Lamezia Airport and Lamezia train station. The town is undoubtedly an enchanting place for its historical and linguistic heritage, food delicacies and popular traditions. It is a unique town where the beauties of two countries fuse: Italian lands and views, green hilly landscapes close to the sea, mild climate, people friendliness are blended with the culture, language, food and architecture typical of Albania and its people.