Hidden treasures

Miracles of the lettuce in Venice

Mysteries & Legends
SNicoletto_big

Miracles of the lettuce in Venice

Close to the great Frari church in Venice, there is a street called St Nicoletto, because a church dedicated to this saint once stood here. But everyone knew it as the ‘lettuce' church!

It was founded in 1332 by the will of the Prosecutor of Venice Nicholas Lion, who had discovered the conspiracy of Tiepolo Baiamonte, as a vow. One night he was very sick and felt like having some lettuce, so he went to the Friars of the nearby Franciscan monastery and asked if they had any in their well-stocked allotment. After eating it he was miraculously cured and so he built a church and convent in the garden where he had taken the miraculous vegetable. The church and the convent were then entrusted to the Franciscans and in the 16th century it gained importance due to works by Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto and Palma il Giovane.

In 1806, because of the repression of Napoleon, the complex was closed and soon fell into disrepair, so much so that in 1830 the church, stripped of its artistic treasures, was demolished. However, the monastery survived, having undergone many changes of use, starting from the twentieth century when it was reported that the initial use was for a Franciscan convent.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Verona: The roman walls of Verona

porta-borsari
Historical Curiosities

Verona has always been considered a city of considerable importance from a military point of view: being at the mouth of the Adige Vall...

View

Venice: The legend of the Engraved Heart of the Scuola Grande di San Marco

cuore-scuola-scuola-grande-san-marco
Mysteries & Legends

In the age-old stones of Venice lie incredible stories, fascinating legends and forgotten memories that are nestled in every corner of ...

View

Venice: The invention of glasses in Venice

occhiali
Historical Curiosities

The first glasses in history were shaped in one of the most famous islands of the Venetian lagoon, the island of Murano, where in 1100,...

View

Venice: The origins of the Spritz cocktail

spritz-veneziano
Local Traditions

Spritz, the typical Venetian aperitif, has nowadays become the iconic cocktail of Happy hour not only in Italy, but all over the world....

View

Top posts

Venice: The Last Supper by Veronese at the Gallerie dell'Accademia

ultima-cena-veronese
Historical Curiosities

The twelve rooms of the Gallerie dell'Accademia host many works of art from the Veneto Region and the city of Venice made by renowned a...

View

Padua: St George’s Oratory

oratorio-san-giorgio-padova
Unknown places & works

Padua is famous all over the world for the Scrovegni Chapel, frescoed with incredible skill by the great painter Giotto at the beginnin...

View

Verona: Juliet’s balcony in Verona

balcone-giulietta-verona
Big Names

When visiting the beautiful city of Verona, Casa di Giulietta - the house of Juliet, the character immortalized by William Shakespeare ...

View

Venice: Attila's throne in the Isle of Torcello in Venice

Trono_Attila
Mysteries & Legends

Torcello, the first Venice island to be inhabited, is rich of legends and interesting stories, such as Attila – the King of the Huns ...

View