Paola wall Paola is located in Cosenza Province just west of Montalto Uffugo. Nestled between the mountains and the sea this city is best known for it's most famous and holy resident, Saint Francis of Paola (San Francesco di Paola). This saint who is the Patron Saint of the Calabrese people, is a huge part of the city's identity and the official town seal bears his image. The beautiful landscapes here offer a combination of beautiful seaside views with it's beaches and the mountainous terrain. Paola is an old city, evidenced by ruins of a norman tower. Approximately 17,000 people live in Paola as of the 2007 census. Paola has a railway station that connects it to the rest of Italy which was built in 1894.

San Francesco

The identity of Paola is forever linked to San (Saint) Francesco who was born there in 1416. His feast day is April 2. Every year between April 1 through 4 a huge festa takes place in Paola. The people of Calabria descend on the city to celebrate and honor their Patron Saint. You can read more about San Francesco here.

Miraculous Sea

Paola wall

Paola is located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. For centuries local townspeople from neighboring comuni have sent their sick family members to bathe in the sea in Paola. They believed the water there had healing properties. The sea there has a high salt content.

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