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About Castrovillari

  • Contained by: Italy
  • Time zone(s): Central European Time
  • Events: Battle of Campo Tenese

Castrovillari is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. As of 2010 its population was of 22,586. The name derives probably from the medieval Latin castrum villarum, meaning "fortress of the villas". The city was founded under the Crown of Aragon, which built the famous Castle. The town is situated in the middle of a huge arena shaped by big mountains, like Pollino (2248) and Dolcedorme (2273). This is the area of Pollino natural park, one of the biggest in Europe. Castrovillari lies in north of Calabria, close to the borders with Basilicata and within the Pollino National Park. It counts 3 civil parishes (frazioni): Cammarata, Ciminito and Vigne. The town borders with the municipalities of Altomonte, Cassano allo Ionio, Cerchiara di Calabria, Chiaromonte (PZ), Civita, Frascineto, Morano Calabro, San Basile, San Lorenzo Bellizzi, San Lorenzo del Vallo, Saracena, Spezzano Albanese, Viggianello and Terranova di Pollino (PZ). The town was served, until 1978, by a railway station on the abandoned narrow gauge line Lagonegro-Lauria-Castrovillari-Spezzano Albanese, owned by the regional company Ferrovie della Calabria (FC). It is crossed by

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