Zagarise is a small village in the Sila National Park, in the province of Catanzaro.
It stands on a rocky hill in the valley of the river Simeri about 600 meters s.l.m. The origin of its name is controversial and uncertain, but it seems that it derives from the Greek Zagarisi, that is sugar, or from zagaria, that is heap, referring to a sacaria whose term refers to the place inhabited by sugar cane growers. This seems to be confirmed by the fact that once in the Simeri Valley it was cultivated in cannameli.
Zagarise in the Middle Ages was Barbaro and between 800 and 1400 it had three monasteries and several churches. A powerful monastery included in the then territory of Zagarise was that of Santa Maria di Acquaviva belonging to the Florentine Order founded by Abbot Gioacchino da Fiore.
The village is divided between small and characteristic alleys with stone paved streets around two nuclei that are articulated between the Norman Tower, dated around the XIII century, and the Cathedral, or master church, dedicated to the Assumption dated between the XIV and XV century.
The Church of the Rosary with its sixteenth-century frescoes on the inner walls, the Museum of Oil and Peasant Civilization “, the Museum of” Sacred Art “with 36 works of art that constituted the rich artistic heritage of the Dominican Fathers Church and Church of Santa Maria Assunta.