Province of Vibo Valentia

Calabria, Italy

Province of Vibo Valentia
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About Province of Vibo Valentia

The province of Vibo Valentia (Italian: province of Vibo Valentia; Vibonese: pruvincia i Vibbu Valenzia) is a province in the Calabria region of southern Italy, established by a national law of March 6, 1992, which came into force on January 1, 1996, and formerly part of the Province of Catanzaro. Its capital is the city of Vibo Valentia and its vehicle registration number is VV. The province has an area of 1,139 square kilometers (440 square miles) (7.6% of the total area of Calabria) and a total population of 168,894 (ISTAT 2005); the city of Vibo Valentia has a population of 35,405. There are 50 municipalities (singular: municipality) in the province, see the list of municipalities in the Province of Vibo Valentia.

It was founded for the first time by the Italic tribe Sicels and Vibo Valentia was founded as a city in the 6th or 7th century, known as Ipponione by the Greeks of Messina and Reggio. Later, the city was later recolonized by people from the city of Locri in the Calabria region. Dionysius I of Syracuse destroyed the city of Ipponione and subsequently the authority of the city passed to ancient Carthage, to the Bruttii tribe, to the Greek Agatocle of Syracuse and then to the Locrians, before being conquered by ancient Rome around the 230 BC Around 400 A.D. it was repeatedly attacked before being destroyed by Muslims. Frederick II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, had the city rebuilt in the 13th century and in 1284 it passed to the Ruffo family. Ferdinando I of Naples had a fort built in Pizzo Calabro in 1486.

In June 2010 a dormant volcano was discovered off the coast of the province on the fault line that led to the 1905 earthquake in Calabria. It is a mountainous province and is located on the Tyrrhenian Sea.


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