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Paola, Italy


Paola, Italy

Città di Paola

Panoramic view
Location of Paola in Italy

Coordinates: 39°22′N 16°2′E / 39.367°N 16.033°E / 39.367; 16.033Coordinates: 39°22′N 16°2′E / 39.367°N 16.033°E / 39.367; 16.033

Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Cosenza (CS)
 • Mayor Basilio Ferrari (PdL)
 • Total 42 km2 (16 sq mi)
Elevation 94 m (308 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)
   8,288 men and 8,907 women
 • Total 17,195
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym Paolani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87027
Dialing code 0982
Twin cities
Patron saint St. Francis of Paola
Saint day April 2 and May 4

Paola is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.


The city borders with Montalto Uffugo and San Benedetto Ullano by the west, Fuscaldo by the north and San Lucido by the south.


In July 1555, the Beylerbey of the Mediterranean, Turgut Reis, captured the city.

In the final days of World War II, while almost all the citizens of the city were hiding from the air raids by Allied bomber aeroplanes inside the Monastery of St. Francis of Paola, an 80 kg (176 lb) iron-core bomb fell right in the middle of the agglomeration, but didn't detonate, a fact widely reported as a miracle[1]

Main sights

Saint Francis Sanctuary, Del'Annunziata church dome, S. S. Rosario church, Ipogeo di Sotterra church. Saint Francis day party (May 1–4)[2]


Paola is the home of St. Francis of Paola and houses a world famous Catholic sanctuary dedicated to the saint.


Paola railway station, opened in 1895, forms part of the Southern Tyrrhenian railway (Salerno–Reggio Calabria), and is also a terminus of a secondary line, the Paola–Cosenza railway.

Twin towns

See also


External links

  • (Italian) Paola official website

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