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Maida, Italy

Comune di Maida

Arco di San Antonio, leading into the town of Maida.
Location of Maida in Italy

Coordinates: 38°51′N 16°22′E / 38.850°N 16.367°E / 38.850; 16.367

Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Catanzaro (CZ)
Frazioni Vena di Maida
 • Mayor Natale Amantea
 • Total 58.2 km2 (22.5 sq mi)
Elevation 299 m (981 ft)
 • Total 4,337
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym Maidesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 88025
Dialing code 0968
Patron saint St. Francis of Paola
Saint day 2 April

Maida (Greek: Maede, Medeia) is a town and comune in the province of Catanzaro, in the Calabria region of southern Italy. The British routed the French in the Battle of Maida in 1806, as part of the War of the Third Coalition.

Maida is 16 km south of Lamezia Terme and 31 km west of the provincial capital Catanzaro.


On 4 July 1806 the British under General John Stuart defeated the French under Jean Reynier outside the town. A London pub on the Edgware Road was named The Hero of Maida, which in turn gave its name to adjoining districts of London, Maida Hill and later, Maida Vale. King Ferdinand IV of Naples and Sicily awarded Stuart the title of Count of Maida.

The Norman castle of Maida was built in the 11th century under the direction of Duke Robert Guiscard.

Famous citizens

  • Mgr Giovanni Cervadoro, the Carbonaro and teacher, was born in Maida in 1783 and died in 1836, wote School Stabilimenti for his students in 1829.
  • Baldassarre Squitti, the teacher and politician, was born in Maida in 1855.
  • The American writer Gay Talese wrote about his ancestors from Maida in 1992's, Unto the Sons.


The main economic activity in the area is agriculture, especially the cultivation of olive trees, citrus, and kiwifruit. In recent years, tourism has become a significant source of income for the town.

Sister Cities

Maida is a sister city with:


External links

  • Photos of Maida at Saint Francis Society of Ambler (Pennsylvania, USA)

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