The devil’s column is a Roman column outside St Ambrogio’s basilica in Milan. The column has two holes, which, according to the legend, were the result of the devil’s horns being stuck into the column. The legend tells that one morning St Ambrogio was walking in the garden when he met the devil who had been trying repeatedly to tempt the saint to give up his position as Archbishop of Mila ... more >>
Misurina was the daughter of king Sorapiss. Their kingdom was in the area bordered by the Tofane, the Marmolada, Mount Antelaus and the Three peaks of Lavaredo (all mountains extending between the Italian regions of Trentino and Veneto). Sorapiss was a huge man with a kind soul. He had lost his wife when Misurina was a young girl and he loved his only daughter immensely. Misurina was a tin ... more >>
A beautiful peasant girl, named Alda, was working in the fields near the monastery, she came to the Sacra to pray against the evils of war; unfortunately, she was ambushed by enemy soldiers. She tried to escape their assault looking for shelter in the monastery but the doors of the monastery were locked. She found herself trapped at the top of a high tower, overlooking the valley from the steep ... more >>
Galgano Guidotti was born in Tuscany, perhaps in Chiusdino, around 1148. His parents Guidotto and Dionisia were already quite old when he was born; his mother had been praying God to give her a child for quite a long time.
Galgano had a well-to-do and pleasurable childhood, but growing up he led a dissulute and violent life. Seeing that her son had become a sinner, Dionisa constantly prayed the ... more >>
Saint George was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins and a member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian. Saint George was sentenced to death for refusing to give up his Christian faith. He is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity, and he has been especially venerated as a military saint since the Crusades. In our imagination this knight-martyr is the saint that “k ... more >>
Romolo and Remo were descendents of Aeneas, Virgilio’s Aeneid’ hero. Their mother was Rea Silvia, Numitore’s daughter. Numitore was the king of Alba Longa. Rea Silva was obliged to become a vestal by her uncle Amulio.who did not want her to have children. But Rea Silvia was so beautiful that even the God Mars fell in love with her. He had her, and she gave birth to Romolo and Remo. A ... more >>
According to ancient mythology, the Strait of Messina between the isle of Sicily and the mainland, was home to two terrible monsters, Scylla and Charybdis. Both Scylla and Charibdis were two beautiful girls who were transformed into horrible and terrifying monsters after offending the gods.
Scylla was a beautiful nymph who lived in the city of Reggio Calabria. She was the daughter of Tifone (a g ... more >>