Mileto (Calabrian: Militu; Ancient Greek: Μίλητος, romanizedMíletos) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Vibo Valentia in the Italian region Calabria, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of Catanzaro and about 6 kilometres (4 mi) south of Vibo Valentia.

Míletos (Greek)
Comune di Mileto
Church of SS. Trinità.
Church of SS. Trinità.
Coat of arms of Mileto
Location of Mileto
Mileto is located in Italy
Location of Mileto in Italy
Mileto is located in Calabria
Mileto (Calabria)
Coordinates: 38°37′N 16°4′E / 38.617°N 16.067°E / 38.617; 16.067
ProvinceVibo Valentia (VV)
FrazioniCalabrò, Comparni, Paravati, San Giovanni
 • Total34.9 km2 (13.5 sq mi)
365 m (1,198 ft)
 • Total7,058
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0963

Mileto is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Mileto.


According to tradition, the city was founded, not far from the site of ancient Medma by Greek fugitives from Miletus (Miletos in Greek; hence the name) in Anatolia, which had been destroyed by Darius.

Mileto was a Norman stronghold under Roger I of Sicily, the last great leader of the Norman conquest of southern Italy. He died here of old age in 1101. Roger's son and also a Count of Sicily, Simon died in the town in 1105, when he was 12 years old.

Simon's brother and successor Roger II was born here in 1095. He began his rule as Count of Sicily in 1105 and later became Duke of Apulia and Calabria in 1127. He became the first King of Sicily in 1130.

In 1807 it was the location of the Battle of Mileto between the French and Neapolitan armies.

Mileto suffered from numerous earthquakes, especially from those of 1905 and 1906, and, although in a less degree, from that of 28 December 1908, which destroyed Reggio and Messina.

Notable peopleEdit


  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: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.