|Città di Paola|
|• 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
|• Density||410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Francis of Paola|
|Saint day||April 2 and May 4|
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.
Saint Francis Sanctuary, Del'Annunziata church dome, S. S. Rosario church, Ipogeo di Sotterra church. Saint Francis day party(anniversary) (May 1–4)
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.
- "The Italian Voice". December 1, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- "Comuni Italiani". Retrieved April 23, 2010.
Media related to Paola at Wikimedia Commons
- (Italian) Paola official website
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