CARFIZZI

Carfizzi is a small Arbëreshë (Italo-Albanian) village in the hinterland of Crotone where people have preserved the original language and traditions. The picturesque town has small stone paved roads, rural houses and remains of old mills in the countryside. After 1468, several Albanians sought refuge in the land of Irene, the princess of Bisignano and daughter of the late Albanian king Scanderberg, to escape from the Turks. The refugees settled mainly along Cosenza Apennines chain, but some set up home near the sea, that was once a source of wealth. Legend has it that people from the ancient Crisma went up the mountains to protect themselves from Saracen raids and founded three villages: Carfidi, Trivio and Santa Venera. Around 1530, Carfizzi was founded (the name probably derived from Carfidi that incorporated the other two smaller villages). Like Santa Venera, it was a feud of the Morano family till 1563, then alienated to the Badolato family (1563-1576). The Sersale family, the heirs of the Moranos, laid claim on it in 1630. The feud was sold to the De Filippis (1648) and Pisciotta (1687) families, then it passed to the Moccia and Crispano families. The Malena family acquired the feud in 1767 together with the title of Marquis, and they owned it till the abolition of Feudalism (1806). In 1807 Strongoli Government controlled the village and in 1811 Carfizzi became a hamlet of S. Nicola dell'Alto. During the House of Bourbon rule, it passed from Cosenza to the Province of Catanzaro in 1816. Giuseppe Basta, Francesco and Martino Fazio were patriots of the Italian Risorgimento. In 1904, Carfizzi became a municipality independent from S. Nicola dell’Alto. Carfizzi is the birthplace of Carmine Abate, the most famous Calabrian writer.




 


Address Via Roma 7
  88817 Carfizzi (KR)
Phone number 0962 87041
Fax 0962 87298
Website www.comune.carfizzi.kr.it
 

 

The main Church houses the remarkable statue of the patron Santa Veneranda and a precious reliquary in gilded wood. San Nicola dell'Alto is a village founded by Albanian refugees in the 15th century. It lies near Carfizzi, in the lower valleys of the Neto and Lipuda rivers. The village was renowned for Sulphur mines that were a source of income for the area. The view from Mt San Michele and its Sanctuary is fantastic: the Marchesato hills, the sea and the line of the horizon produce a sense of fascination in those who enjoy this wonderful landscape.



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