Paola, Calabria

Paola is a town in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria area of ​​Italy with 16,185 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2012).


Paola is located 37 km west of Cosenza on the Tyrrhenian Sea and is a center for trade and agriculture.

The neighboring municipalities are Fuscaldo, Montalto Uffugo, San Fili and San Lucido.


In the village is the pilgrimage church of St. Francis of Paola. The plant originates from the Baroque and partly from the Renaissance period. The church has a rich interior and a cloister from the 15th to the 16th century. The library dates from the 17th century.

People from Paola

  • Francis of Paola (* around 1436 in Paola, † April 2, 1507 in Plessis- lès -Tours, France) founded the Order of Paulaner and is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the patron saint of Calabria.
  • Vito Napoli (1931-2004) was active in politics here.


With Puerto Madryn in Argentina is a town twinning.