Paola, Calabria

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Città di Paola
Panoramic view
Panoramic view
Paola is located in Italy
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
Website Official website

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,(on the west) Fuscaldo by(on the north) the north and San Lucido by(on the south) the south.


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

In the middle of World War II, August, 1943, while almost all the citizens of the city were hiding from the air raids by Allied bombers inside the Monastery of St. Francis(Francesco) of Paola, an 80 kg (176 lb) iron-core bomb fell(felt) right in the middle of the agglomeration, but it didn't detonate, a fact widely reported as a miracle. The reason behind the bombing was the presence in the place of the high echelon PNF official Carlo Scorza, second only to Mussolini in these wartime days.[1][2][3]

Main sights[edit]

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


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[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Paola at Wikimedia Commons