San Donino Patron of Città di Castello.
“Our San Donino” was born in 530 (approx.) and lives in Città di Castello (then Castrum Felicitatis and then Tifernum Tiberinum). Although layperson is a close friend of Florido and Amanzio Together, they will become patron o
The history of the Holy
During the barbarian invasion, Totila, king of the Goths reached central Italy destroying and putting it on fire; Donnino Florido and Amanzio flee to Perugia at the bishop Herculaneum. 552 In the famous battle of Tagina (Gualdo Tadino ) Totila was defeated by Nersete, general Byzantine Emperor Justinian I sent ° to liberate Italy and Rome.
Donnino with friends and Florido Amanzio return to Città di Castello and organize the reconstruction of the city (according to other historians only the dome) . In 599 (or 600), after the death of Florido before and after Amanzio, Donnino decides to give the hermitage and moved to Rubbiano resort in Val di Pierle (at Mercatale di Cortona), where it feeds on grasses and passes his time in prayer and in the company of a dog.
Some locals realized that Donnino had the power to heal, through the intercession of St. Donnino, the evil of the knees, back and especially from ‘epilepsy was so’ that a large crowd of people began to visit him Donnino was therefore asked to be left alone and that edificassero a small cave (tugurium parvum), altrimente would go to most ‘away.
The only thing I accepted was the presence of two people every Saturday, with a little ‘food for him.
The “Sassi” found in the surrounding woods was given the power to heal, through the intercession of the Holy Besides these there is a small chapel, which retains the notebooks where worshipers write down the graces received. From left invocations are confident that even today people come to the Holy to relieve the pain of knees, legs, back, kidneys …).
Were once here also the relatives of pregnant women to take small stones then they brought him up to the time of delivery, to the protection of pregnancy.
Donnino is also patron of the sick dogs and rabies and the sick of the teeth (see two paintings in the back of the church).
Donnino, at the insistence of their fellow citizens in 600 AC. decided to return here in Citta ‘di Castello, choosing a cave in the hill that is now called Villa San Donino. Lived here for about 10 years and died on October 9, 610.
In his honor, in this locality, where Donnino ended his earthly life before 1500 was built the church, it is kept in the wooden urn with the bones of the saint and the words “BONES S. DOMNINI CONF. “The urn was placed here after survey ordered by the bishop Bishop tifernate Filidori, October 28, 1543. Reconnaissance next took place in the years 1791 and 1869. According to the canonical Ascani A. his tooth is kept in a precious reliquary of silver in the Cathedral of Città di Castello.