Rogliano, Cosenza, Calabria

Rogliano is situated aprrox. 700 metres above sea level in the province of Cosenza. It has a population of over 5000 people, which is very large in comparison to some of the other towns nearby including its neighbour Carpanzano.

There were many occasions during my recent trip to Italy when we would zip over to Rogliano (only 10 minutes away) to do a little shopping at the weekly mercato, fare una passeggiata (take a walk) or participate in the many events that take place there over the summer.

The town has schools, museums, restaurants, shops, and pretty much anything else you would expect in a small city. You can see the town’s rich history all around you as you walk through its centro storico and visit the many churches, monasteries and noble homes some of which date back to the 1500s.

The town is also growing at a rapid pace, with new apartments and condo’s being built around the towns edge. If you happen to be in Rogliano, stop in to “L’Arte Orafa” on Via A. Guarasci. This little family-owned jewellery shop is home to some very beautifully handcrafted pieces of jewellery made with silver, gold, and gemstones. A perfect place to get something unique for you or someone special back home.

Rogliano is another one of those great small towns tucked away in the Calabrian mountains with it’s unique history, great nightlife, friendly people, and Southern Italian pride!


  1. Pina Tosti in Franzese

    January 21, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    sono Pina Tosti sono nata Rogliano cs mio padre Carmelo Tosti 1928 mia madre Greco Rosina 1927 mio nonno Greco Isidoro 1880 il padre Alberto Greco 1867 vorrei sapere la sua discendenza c’e qualcuno che mi potrebbe aiutare ?

  2. Robert B Aiken

    October 31, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Hi, my mother, born in Michigan City Indiana, December 1915, is a Olivetti by birth. Her father was born in Cosenza, his Father Nunzivotto Oliveti-His Mother Rosa Renzella.
    Joseph Oliveti migrated to the US around 1890’s going back and brought his Wife, Mary Salvino and two sons, Miachel and Tony to the US on August 22, 1901. They settled in Cicero, Illinois along with cousins from the Salvanio family.
    Miachel moved to the west coast and worked as an engineer for Boeing and Tony went to Florida, lived in Davie. He had a nursery and was successful in growing plants for the expansion of Fort Lauderdale.
    We are searching for members of either the Oliveti or Salvino families that still live in Ruliano, Cosenza, Italy.
    My Mother visited her Cousins in Ruliano in the 60’s. Her comments were very loving about our relatives.
    She said one was a Catholic Priest and the other a Electrical Engineering student in Rome. I think she said his name is Elio and she really enjoyed meeting him in Rome and being escorted to the sights.

    1. Marvin Wilson

      November 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Mr. Aiken, we are cousins! Tony Oliveti was my grandfather. Tony Salvino was a commissioner in Ft. Lauderdale and was Tony’s cousin. Tony Salvino’s daughter, Lucy was my godmother.

      Last year, a group of us went to Rogliano after a long process with Ancestry to find our relatives there. We found them and enjoyed special time with 3 of the 4 Oliveti sisters and their progeny. Our group last November included Butch and Barb Wilson, Tom and Mary Ellen Bateman, Chuck and Nancy Wajda Jones, Jeannette Bateman and Dr. Jim White.

      Jim White was the driving force behind the research effort and he owns the extensive family tree established under Ancestry. I’ve alerted him to your post and I’m sure he will be in touch.


      1. Tony Demas

        May 21, 2017 at 7:31 pm

        Hello! I just read your message from a Calbrian history site and saw you are a relative from the Salvino sur name. I am also from Salvino and know very little about the Italian side of my family. I am pretty sure my Great Grand Father Anthony Salvino and Great Grand Mother Christine Altomare met and lived in Rogliano and moved to the North East USA in the early 1900’s. I do not recall anything about them living in Florida but it sounds like there could have been many ‘Tony Salvinos’ at that time. Do you have a tree on I could view? Thank you so much for any information!

    2. jim white

      November 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      I’m Butch Wilson’s cousin and i have the family tree on It would be easier if you email me at or call/text me at 443 326 3223. jim

  3. Corinne Marasco

    September 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hello, I am a Marasco by birth. My great- grandparents were born in Rogliano. They were Michele Marasco and Caterina Garofalo. The dates for him are 1853-1902. I found in family notes that he worked for a Count Moreno, tending the olive trees. Caterina was born in 1862 and after her husbands death went to Des Moines, Iowa. I would like to learn who their parents were and how far back we could go. They may have gone to Scala Coeli. They had a large family and not all went to America. Thanks for any help! Corinne Marasco

  4. Carlie

    January 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Hi my name Carlisa DeRose. I believe my great grandfather Vincenzo DeRose was born in Rogliano. Only him and his brother Came to the usa. They settled in a steel mill town Monessen pa. 45 min from Pittsburgh. I’m not to sure when they left or why. It was always hush hush. I had a cousin who was visiting once in Rogliano and came across family but they would not talk to him. Often wondered what happen. I’m third generation and my papa and siblings are all gone. My papa was the youngest and he never knew anything

  5. Butch Wilson

    November 18, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Laura Sevenich Hancock, I hope you are still reading these posts. My cousins and I visited Cosenza in October as part of a larger (3 week) trip to Italy. One of our cousins, Jim White, had done a lot of research on Ancenstry to find our grandfather’s family. We were Oliveti’s. We found them in Rogliano and they are wonderful!!!!! It turns out we are 4th cousins, our great, great, great grandfather Francesco Oliveti being the common link. Their family sprang from Nicola and ours from his brother, Annunciato. Here’s the interesting part…my great grandfather Giuseppe married Maria Francesca Salvino and they lived in Chicago!!! My grandfather, Tony Oliveti and his cousin, Tony Salvino left Chicago and came to Davie (outside Fort Lauderdale) Florida in the early 1940’s. The Oliveti’s have died out in South Florida, but I think there are still plenty of Salvino’s. My Godmother is Lucy Salvino Gardner.

  6. Lou Marano

    August 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Lou Marano
    August 29, 2015
    My maternal grandparents came to the U.S. around 1907 from Rogliano and after living in Rome NY migrated to Colusa California. My grandfather name was Giovanni Ferraiuolo

  7. Terri Marsters

    July 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I should have added my mother’s name, Angela Maria Garofalo (known in Canada as Mary), my grandparents were Santo & Elfrida Garofalo

  8. Terri Marsters

    July 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Vincenzo, …. my mother was born in Rogliano and is a Garofalo too! I know there are many Garofalo families and I still have first cousins still living in Rogliano. It is a beautiful place that is for sure!

  9. Vincenzo Garofalo

    October 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Vincenzo Garofalo
    October 2014

    We were in Rogliano last month and connected with family there. My grandfather, Camilo Garofalo, was from there and had Tucci and Salvino cousins. We met some of the Salvino family who were alive and kicking still in Rogliano. What a beautiful place with warm and friendly people..

    1. LuLu

      October 22, 2014 at 3:52 am

      That’s wonderful! I love hearing about people who reconnect with distant relatives. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. VolcanicDiva

    March 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Hello everyone!
    My name is Melanie Greco and my grandfather is Rogliano and his name is Guiseppe Greco, born Sept. 12, 1886. My grandmother is from Zumpano and she is Rose Bisceglia (sometimes spelled Besceglia).
    I am planning to go to Italy this Easter and hope to go to Rogliano and Zumpano!
    Will update this site.

  11. Jon Tucci

    March 3, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I don’t know, the Salvino’s were a large group of families. I wish I had a genealogical listing of the family trees. That would be the only way to declare siblings and other family histories. Most of my family members stayed in NY for a decade or so, then migrated to Pennsylvania and West Virginia to open grocery stores.

    1. Luciano Salvino

      December 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Hello: My name is Luciano Salvino. My Father, Luciano was born in 1900 and emigrated to Colombia, South America. I just read a book in Spanish that talks about him and his Brother Alessandro. Father Vinzenso. My Father went back to Rogliano and died December 28th 1968. There are a few Salvino Families in Rogliano and I don’t know if they are all related. If someone have info., please, let me know. I live in Pueblo, Colorado. Ciao a Tuti.

  12. Jon Tucci

    February 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Hello, my name is Jon Tucci, love the article. My grandfather, Angelo Antonio Tucci, and grandmother, Erminia Salvino, born in Rogliano, came to America between 1907-1908. I would love to meet other family members still living in Rogliano., West Virginia, USA

    1. Laura Sevenich Sobotka

      March 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Dear Jon, My grandfather, Frank J. Salvino, came to the US when he was 16. I know he had a number of sisters in Italy. One of his sisters immigrated to Chicago. He was on the train to Chicago, the train stopped in Leetonia. He got off to get a beer, and he never made it to Chicago. He found work in the Coke Ovens. Does any of that sound familiar to you?

  13. Chris Peterson

    June 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    My great grandparents also came from Rogliano; Guiseppe Perri who married Isabella Gabrieli.
    Whole lotta’ Joe’s in that village back then, eh?

  14. peter gerace

    February 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    hi! katerine, my name is pietro gerace da Rogliano, i leave in long island, N.Y. i come in the USA 1954, i goin back every sommer there.
    my eamail
    ciao peter

  15. nunzio tiano

    November 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm


    1. Dorothy S. Stewart

      December 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Dear Nunzio,

      My family – the Sicilias – all come from Rogliano. My daughter’s mother-in-law has traced the family back to a Guiseppe Sicilia, born about 1733, died Oct. 6, 1789. Do you happen to know if there are any Sicilias still living in the area?

      Dorothy Sicilia Stewart

  16. rita

    August 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    this message is for sharon carfora my name is rita tucci married name colacino i was born and raised at rogliano san giorgio is the place were i spent a lot of my years as a teenager i was there 3 years ago my cousin livesr across from the church

  17. Dorothy Sicilia Stewart

    June 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    to Bev. My daughter’s mother-in-law has traced our Sicilia family back to Giuseppe Sicilia, born about 1733 and died Oct. 6, 1789 in Rogliano. My grandfather Gaspare Santo Sicilia was born June 7, 1882 in Rogliano and died in Canastota, NY in about 1930. We have details on the family from 1733 on but are still filling in spots. There was a John Sicilia who married Frances ??? and had one daughter Mary who was voted around 1950 as one of the most prominent women in Rochester, NY. I will copy your note and send it to my daughter’s mother-in-law.

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  19. Bev

    February 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I am looking for anyone that may have heard of the Sicilia and
    Rocca. Santa Rocca and Giavonni Sicilia were his grandparents. Giavonni was born 23 June 1879. They were from poor families and could not read or write. In 1900
    Giavonni left his wife Santa and small baby Maria and Carmino, walking to Naples in order to take a ship to America. He did not return for 8 years. But he had started a new life in Minnesota. He came back to bring his family to America. He had plan to return right away but became pregnant and soon he
    had a son Camen. They finally did go to America hoping for a very process life. But after more children Santa and one child died of the influences in 1917 in Hibbing, Mn. I hope someone knows of the family. My husband and I were in Italy in 2003 but we couldn’t make it to Cosenza. I would love to return and spend some time in Cosenza and hopefully meet his family. John was a wonderful person and so was his mother Maria.

  20. Sharon Carfora

    February 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

    My great grandafther was Filippo Poalo Salvino, born October 21, 1861 Rogliano, Italy. Father was Francesco Salvino born 1826. I have all of his records but he returned to Rogliano in 1929 where he died and is buried. I believe his grave site in on the church property of St. George’s (Giorgio) Cathlolic Church. Can anyone identify the location of this church in Rogliana.

    1. Luciano Salvino

      December 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Hello Sharon. My name is Luciano Salvino. My Father, Luciano. Father Vincenzo. My Father was born in 1900 and died December 28th 1968. His Brother, Alessandro. If this relates to your Family, let me know. I live in Pueblo, Colorado. Ciao.

  21. Lorenzo

    January 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Hi, I moved from Rogliano when I was 11 only 9 years ago. My family moved to England to be with the rest who came in 60’s. Many of my family are still there and as Tonys says no leaves. Gerace one of the common roglianese names so I can guarantee someone is still there! I love it and would move back any day, it’s my home. Ciao e baci a tutti

  22. Pete

    August 6, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    My parents are from Rogliano. My uncle (mom’s brother) lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn before he died. We knews lots of Gerace’s both in Italy and in Brooklyn.

  23. Tony

    June 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I came over fromRolgiano when I was 6. It’s a vibrant town where everyone strolls in the evenings in the Piazza. I’m positive your family is still there…. no one leaves!

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  25. Katherine Gerace Moskal

    August 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    My grandfather was born in Rogliano as well. His name was Giuseppe Gerace. He was born in 1891 and came to America in June of 1907 when he was 16. The family settled in New York City. My understanding is that he had an older brother who was not on the quota list to come to America so he went to Argentina. I’m wondering if there is any other family still in Rogliano or Cosenza.

    Katherine, have you tried searching for a Rogliano Facebook group? You may be able to use that as a starting point to track down potential family members. I hope this blog helps you in your search! 🙂

  26. Laura Sevenich Hancock

    July 20, 2009 at 6:17 am

    My grandfather was born in Rogliano. His name was Francesco Guiseppe Salvino. He came to America when he was 16. I am not sure of the year. I am looking for anyone of his family still living there. He settled in Leetonia, but his sister, settled in Chicago.

  27. Leanne in italy

    November 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Bel ragazzos mum works at the primary school in Rogliano, and I too have been there a few times to get some stuff sorted.

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