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Civita, Italy

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Civita, Italy

Comune di Civita
Location of Civita in Italy

Coordinates: 39°50′N 16°19′E / 39.833°N 16.317°E / 39.833; 16.317Coordinates: 39°50′N 16°19′E / 39.833°N 16.317°E / 39.833; 16.317

Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Cosenza (CS)
 • Total 27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 450 m (1,480 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)
 • Total 1,124
 • Density 42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Demonym Civitesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87010
Dialing code 0981
Patron saint St. Blaise

Civita (Arbërisht: Çifti) is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Facing the Ionian Sea, it is part of the Pollino National Park.

It was founded in the 15th century by Albanian refugees from the Ottoman invasion. The Civitesi are in fact still part of an ethnic minority (Arbëreshë) officially recognized by the Italian laws.

Main sights

  • Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's Bridge).
  • Raganello Canyons.
  • Church with Byzantine mosaics and a precious icon.
  • Arbëreshë Ethnic Museum.


External links

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