Hidden treasures

Santa Zita and the miracle of the pulses

Mysteries & Legends
Santa-Zita

Santa Zita and the miracle of the pulses

In Italy there is a Saint to protect the workers of every profession. Santa Zita, one of the most beloved characters of Lucca, is the protector of housewives, maids and bakers. She is celebrated every year on April 27th, the day of her death in 1272. Who was Santa Zita and what made her a saint?

Zita was born in 1218 and from the age of 12 worked as a maid for the Fatinelli family. The girl had a gentle soul and was also a hard worker, a combination that made her beloved by all the members of the families where she worked, but also by the poor inhabitants of her city that she was always very kind towards with her merciful actions. It is precisely one of these charitable actions that relates to the miracle which made her a saint: the miracle of the pulses.

The master of the family where she worked kept stocks of pulses in some boxes in a warehouse in the attic of the building. Zita, worried about the hunger the poor and the needy suffered from, had slowly gone through the entire stock by giving them to those who had nothing else to eat. What about the master? He hadn’t noticed anything. But one day, he announced that he had found someone who would buy all his supplies, and was looking forward to earning some good money. Zita was naturally not so enthusiastic. Hers was a Robin Hood-style robbery, but it would still make her master very angry once he found out. Enthused by her great faith, she spent the night praying, also because, all in all, what else could she have done?

Imagine the anxiety and fear when she saw the buyers arrive the following morning. She was ready to be loudly reprimanded when, to her great surprise, the owner told her that there were 50 kg more pulses in the crates than what he thought! A miracle? It would seem so! Her body now is kept inside the Church of San Frediano where it can be observed from a shrine. Are you curious? Do you want to go and find out if there are other inexplicable facts about her? Book our tour of Lucca from Florence, and our guides will tell you everything you need to know about her!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Florence: Does Munch's ‘The Scream’ hail from Florence?

Urlo_Munch
Did you know that...

Munch's 'The Scream' is probably one of the most famous and best-known paintings in the world. It was painted in 1893 and, as the artis...

View

Livorno: 'Ponce': an all-Livorno ritual

Ponce-alla-livornese
Local Traditions

Livorno is a city that has so much to offer to those who visit it: the beautiful sea you can admire from Terrazza Mascagni, the fo...

View

Florence: Buontalenti and the invention of the ice-cream maker

Buontalenti
Did you know that...

Bernardo Buontalenti is one of the most interesting figures of the Renaissance in Florence: an eclectic person, he was an architect, pa...

View

Tuscany: Non avere il becco di un quattrino

Becco_di_un_Quattrino
Figures of speech

Do you know what the expression ‘non avere il becco di un quattrino’ means? I am worried many of you these days have that clear in ...

View

Top posts

Arezzo: Guido d'Arezzo and the invention of the music

Guido-d-Arezzo
Big Names

In Talla and surroundings people have no doubt: the inventor of the musical stave, the inventor of the music notes and also of the mode...

View

Pistoia: The Kiss of the Christs in Gavinana

Il-bacio-dei-cristi
Local Traditions

It is a very ancient but still popular rite. Two large processions that meet up with a Christ on the cross in front of each one: the he...

View

Siena: Piero Carbonetti and his tin drum

Piero-Carbonetti
Local Traditions

Subversive, persecuted, anarchist, homeless, dreamer: it is really difficult to define Piero Carbonetti, Tuscan bred and born and Garib...

View

Pisa: Kinzika, the young woman who saved Pisa from the Saracens

Kinzika
Local Traditions

It was really her, a young woman with an Arabian name, Kinzica, of the noble Sismondi family, to save Pisa from being sacked by Saracen...

View