Cetraro (Calabrian: U Citràru) is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.

Comune di Cetraro
Porto Cetraro Inverno.JPG
Location of Cetraro
Cetraro is located in Italy
Location of Cetraro in Italy
Cetraro is located in Calabria
Cetraro (Calabria)
Coordinates: 39°30′N 15°57′E / 39.500°N 15.950°E / 39.500; 15.950Coordinates: 39°30′N 15°57′E / 39.500°N 15.950°E / 39.500; 15.950
ProvinceCosenza (CS)
FrazioniAcqua degli Angeli, Angilla, Borgo San Marco, Bosco, Caparrua, Ceramile,Difisa, Lampetia, Malvitani, Manche, Massete, Mulini, Paese (u Paisi), Palazzese, Palazzuola, Rammaticò, San Biagio, San Filippo, San Francesco, San Giacomo, San Pietro, Sant'Angelo, Santa Lucia, Santa Maria di Mare, Santu Ianni, Scevuza, Sinni, Sopra l'Irto, Treselle, Vonella
 • Total66.14 km2 (25.54 sq mi)
120 m (390 ft)
 (31 December 2018)[2]
 • Total10,006
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0982
Patron saintSt. Benedict of Nursia
Saint day11 July
WebsiteOfficial website

Waste dumpingEdit

The 'Ndrangheta, an Italian mafia syndicate, has been accused by pentito Francesco Fonti, a former member of 'Ndrangheta, of sinking at least 30 ships loaded with toxic waste, much of it radioactive. In 2005, Fonti revealed the conspiracy in the news magazine L'espresso. His statements led to widespread investigations into the radioactive waste disposal rackets, involving Giorgio Comerio and his disposal company, the Odm (Oceanic Disposal Management).[3]

According to Fonti a manager of Enea paid the clan to get rid of 600 drums of toxic and radioactive waste from Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, and the US, with Somalia as the destination, where the waste was buried after buying off local politicians. Former employees of Enea are suspected of paying the criminals to take waste off their hands in the 1980s and 1990s. Shipments to Somalia continued into the 1990s, while the 'Ndrangheta clan also blew up shiploads of waste, including radioactive hospital waste, and sending them to the sea bed off the Calabrian coast.[4]

Fonti revealed that he personally sank three ships and identified a wreck located 28 kilometres off the coast of Cetraro, in Calabria, by environmental workers as MV Cunsky and says he sunk it himself in 1992, complete with 120 barrels of toxic and radioactive waste. He said 'Ndrangheta received £100,000 for the job.[5][6][7]

Fonti had been put on the job by his boss Sebastiano Romeo of the 'Ndrangheta clan from San Luca in collaboration with Giuseppe Giorgi. Another 'Ndrangheta boss involved was Natale Iamonte who sank ships near Melito di Porto Salvo.[8]

However, the vessel they surveyed off Cetraro in deep waters off the coast of Calabria turned out to be a passenger steamship sunk by a German submarine in 1917. Consequently, one of the prosecutors questioned the reliability of Fonti on the alleged sinkings, despite the fact that his collaboration with the authorities since 1994 had resulted in high-profile arrests of 'Ndrangheta members involved in drug trafficking.[9]



  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  3. ^ (in Italian) Parla un boss: Così lo Stato pagava la 'ndrangheta per smaltire i rifiuti tossici, by Riccardo Bocca, L’Espresso, August 5, 2005
  4. ^ From cocaine to plutonium: mafia clan accused of trafficking nuclear waste, The Guardian, October 9, 2007
  5. ^ Mafia accused of sinking ship full of radioactive waste off Italy, by Nick Squires, The Telegraph, September 16, 2009
  6. ^ Mafia sank boat with radioactive waste: official Archived September 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, AFP, September 14, 2009
  7. ^ Shipwreck may hold radioactive waste sunk by mafia off Italian coast, by John Hooper, The Guardian, September 16, 2009
  8. ^ (in Italian) Complotto sotto il mare, by Riccardo Bocca, L’Espresso, September 17, 2009
  9. ^ 'Toxic' shipwreck turns out to be red herring, Financial Times, October 30, 2009


  • Andreoli, Carlo; Angelica, Fabio (2007). Chiese di Cetraro – Storia, arte, fede, pietà popolare nei "nostri" luoghi di culto. Editoriale progetto 2000.

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