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Isca sullo Ionio

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Isca sullo Ionio is a comune and town in the province of Catanzaro in the Calabria region of Italy.The Origin of Isca Isca is of Greek origin and as legend states the original name of the town was Sanagasi. The original town was located near the sea, probably about where Isca Marina is located today. It has been said that the original location was abandoned, due to the incursions of outsiders. Sometime, probably during the 9th Century, the inhabitants moved to higher ground, where present day Isca is today, perched between two mountains, with a wide clear view of the sea. The high open view of the sea offered protection for the people, giving them time to prepare for a possible attack. The mountains that surround Isca on three sides, also made it difficult for outsiders to enter Isca from anywhere except from the shoreline. With a warm summer climate, the area is known for growing lemons, oranges, figs, chestnuts, grapes and beans.San Marziale Saint Marziale was made the official patron saint of Isca, when in August 1726, the mayor of Isca addressed the Bishop of Squillace Monsignor Mark Antonio Attaffi. The mayor asked the bishop for acknowledgement of the relic and positioning of the relic to guard in the altar. To hold festivals for the saint and the license to be able to expose the relic in every necessity and occurrence of the public. The bishop approved the request and gave the mayor permission on August 11, 1726. A year later on August 30, 1727 the town administrators, the proxy and clergy did underwrite obligation to San Marziale. The public did except Marziale as their patron and for being their protector from plague, hunger, earthquakes and the Turks. Until today, the people of Isca are forever thankful to their protector San Marziale. They pay homage to their saint, with religious festivities, every year in May, to mark the anniversary of the earthquake of 1947. The official feast day for San Marziale is in July, but the town celebrates it in August, when most of the people come home to Isca for vacation, from the north and other places throughout the world. The feast is celebrated every year in Isca communities in Philadelphia, Kulpmont Pennsylvania, Toronto and Montreal Canada and Australia.
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