|Comune di Melissa|
Location of Melissa in Italy
|Coordinates: 39°18′30″N 17°01′40″E / 39.30833°N 17.02778°E|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Crotone (KR)|
|• Mayor||Gino Murgi|
|• Total||51 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||256 m (840 ft)|
|• Density||71/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||88817 (88814 Torre Melissa)|
|Patron saint||Saint Nicholas|
Melissa is a comune in the province of Crotone, in Calabria. The village Melissa is situated in the mountainous inland, while the frazione of Torre Melissa is on the Ionian Sea coast. The Melissa DOC is a Calabrian wine region.
Melissa is mentioned for the first time in 13th century documents. It was a fief of the de Micheli family (1463–66), Venitian nobles based in Calabria, of the Campitelli family (1485–1688) and, later, to the Pignatelli (1688–1806).
In 1949 it was the location of a massacre, when the police shot against the population, killing three people.
Melissa is twinned with: