Lucca: San Frediano Church

Saint Zita: Tradition, History, and Science

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St. Zita has been a tradition in Lucca for centuries.  She is Lucca’s most popular saint.  From April 25th to April 27th, the memory of this local 13th century servant girl is celebrated.  Street vendors call out to sell small bunches of jonquils ( a small, white, delicately perfumed flower) in her honour.  According to legend, one of the most important miracles attributed to Zita is connected, in fact, to the jonquil. Read all