Mammola is a charming village located between the Serre mountains and the Aspromonte chain. It is the gateway to the National Aspromonte Park that includes the medieval hamlet and a part of Mammola territory. The first settlement dates back to the 4-5th century B.C. and it developed at the end of the 10th century A.D. when a stable village rose and housed people who fled from Saracen raids.
Several structures are evidence of the ancient history of Mammola: the indigenous necropolis in Mt Scifo, the Greek-Roman one in Santa Barbara, the Hellenistic one in Boccafurri and the caves of the Brigante, Palombaro and Turri
A famous battle took place on the shore of the Sagra river (now called the Torbido river) in the 6th century B.C., during which the Locrians, allied with the Reggio army, defeated the powerful Krotoniates.
In ancient times, when places had not yet been named, the streets and districts of the town were denominated by Jewish, Arab and Greek words: Certò, Begna, Buveri, Fana, Mammuleju, Ponzo, Cuccianni, Cundutteiu, Gellario, Gruttu, that have survived in the people’s language.
It was the refuge of Byzantine monks who contributed to make Mammola a town where activities, like silk growing, as well as literature and science studies flourished.