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Lamezia Terme


Lamezia Terme



Lamezia Terme or more commonly Lamezia is an Italian municipality of 70,354 inhabitants in the province of Catanzaro in Calabria. It is the third municipality of the region for extension, after Reggio Calabria and Catanzaro, and it is the seventh in the region for its extension of 162.43 square km. Lamezia is one of the youngest Italian cities; it was constituted on the 4th January 1968 through the administrative union of the municipalities of Nicastro, Sambiase and Saint Euphemia Lamezia. The city of the plain has a significant importance from the point of view of agriculture, commerce, industry and infrastructure thanks to its central position in the region and to its flat territory. It is indeed the seat of the main airport in Calabria, one of the most important ones in the south of Italy for passenger traffic; it has a train station among the most important ones of the Southern Tyrrhenian railway and a highway access. It boasts a renowned and lively olive tree cultivation, from which the Lametia oil DOP is produced, and vineyards which produce the Lamezia DOC wines. The city gets its name from the river Amato, once called Lametos, which crosses the city’s outskirts. This name was initially given only to the ex-municipality Saint Euphemia Lamezia. Following the administrative union in 1968, the name ‘Lamezia’ was chosen for the whole resulting city, to which ‘Terme’ was added because of the Charon’s thermal baths which can be found in the little town of the same name in the area of the ex- municipality Sambiase.

To visit

There are numerous churches to visit: the Cathedral is the most important in the city, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul, it was founded by the Countess Eremburga around 1100 AD, in Norman style, it was damaged many times by earthquakes and it was completely destroyed in the 1638 earthquake; it was rebuilt even bigger, in Baroque style, by the Bishop Tommaso Perrone who extended the building, the construction of which was terminated in 1642. The church of Saint Anthony, officiated by the Capuchins minor, has the Convent annexed, which was built after the 163 earthquake. The church, initially having only one nave, holds inside above the main Altar a great painting of the Virgin Mary of the Angels, Saint Francis and Innocenza III. The church is called Saint Mary of the Angels; later another nave was built that had been initially designed as a chapel dedicated to Saint Anthony. The Lamentino Archaeological Museum, inaugurated on 28th July 1997, is divided in three sections: Prehistory, Classical Age, Middle Ages. The Diocesan Museum contributes through its artifacts to document the events of the Nicastro dioceses.


As it is the case for the whole of Calabria, even in Lamezia Terme the religious celebrations are very popular. We can name the Saint Francis di Paola celebration which takes place on 2nd June, the Patron Saint of Sambiase, in the little town with the same name. From 12th to 14th June the city celebrates Saint Anthony, in the little town of Nicastro. On 28th, 29th and 30th June there is the celebration of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Patron Saints of Lamezia Terme, in the little town of Nicastro.