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Cassano allo Ionio

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Cassano all'Ionio, also named Cassano allo Ionio is a town and comune in province of Cosenza of Calabria, southern Italy, known in Roman times as Cassanum. It lies in fertile region in the concave recess of a steep mountain, 60 km NE from the town of Cosenza, 10 km W of the archaeological site of Sybaris.HistoryCassano was the site of great Saracen defeat of the Byzantine forces in Italy under Pothos in 1031.The diocese of Cassano is first mentioned in 1059.Main sightsThe rock above the city it is crowned by a medieval castle commanding beautiful views: a tower is still pointed out as that from which the stone was thrown which killed Milo. There are warm sulphurous springs here which are used for baths.The archaeological site of Sybaris, located near the modern town of Sibari is part of the comune of Cassano allo Ionio.Notable People Gangster Francesco Castiglia (1891)
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