|Città di Paola|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Cosenza (CS)|
|• Mayor||Basilio Ferrari (PdL)|
|• Total||42 km2 (16 sq mi)|
|Elevation||94 m (308 ft)|
|Population (December 31, 2014)
7,805 men and 8,409 women
|• Density||400/km2 (1,000/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|
Paola is on the eastern shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Nearby towns include Fuscaldo to the north, San Lucido to the south, and (beyond a ridge) Montalto Uffugo to the east and San Benedetto Ullano to the northeast.
In August 1943, the middle of World War II, while almost all the citizens of the city were hiding from the air raids by Allied bombers 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 did not detonate, a fact widely reported as a miracle. The reason behind the bombing was the presence of Carlo Scorza, secretary of the National Fascist Party, second only to Mussolini.
Saint Francis Sanctuary, Del'Annunziata church dome, S. S. Rosario church, Ipogeo di Sotterra church. Feast of Saint Francis, May 1–4.
- "The Italian Voice" (PDF). 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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