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Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Calabria  /  Province of Cosenza  /  Paola
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Things to do: religious sites, beaches, sightseeing
Paola is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.GeographyPaola 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.HistoryIn July 1555, the Beylerbey of the Mediterranean, Turgut Reis, captured the city.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 80kg 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.Main sightsSaint Francis Sanctuary, Del'Annunziata church dome, S. S. Rosario church, Ipogeo di Sotterra church. Feast of Saint Francis, May 1–4.PersonalitiesPaola is the home of St. Francis of Paola and houses a world-famous Catholic sanctuary dedicated to the saint.
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