Comune di Mesoraca

Location of Mesoraca in Italy

Coordinates: 39°04′55″N 16°47′15″E / 39.08194°N 16.78750°E / 39.08194; 16.78750Coordinates: 39°04′55″N 16°47′15″E / 39.08194°N 16.78750°E / 39.08194; 16.78750
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province / Metropolitan city Crotone (KR)
Frazioni Filippa
  Total 92.6 km2 (35.8 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)
  Total 7,125
  Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Mesorachesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 88838
Dialing code 0962

Mesoraca is a comune and town with a population of 5525 people in the province of Crotone, in Calabria, Italy.


A suggested origin of the name Mesoraca stems from the Greek word meso, meaning intermediate point or half way point, and, the Aramaic word raca, meaning 'fool'. It may thus be speculated that Mesoraca means the halfway point to a fool's or unenlightened one's journey. It has been suggested by unconfirmed reports that the journey was between Crotone (where the Greek philosopher Pythagoras is said to have settled) and the commune of Colosimi (meaning here are the people of great importance or ability). Mesoraca is approximately at the half way point of a trail through the mountains linking Crotone to Colosimi. It is known that the first Masonic workshop was conducted in Colosimi in 1813 suggesting a significance in Freemasonry linked to Pythagoras or his followers the Pythagoreans.


Mesoraca relies on the production of oil, wine, cereals, citruses, and intensive cattle rearing.

Mesoraca is in Crotone

Twin towns — Sister cities

Mesoraca is twinned with:

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