In 1763, the citizens of Siracusa were brought to the edge of starvation by a long famine which left them seeking salvation only in prayer. According to legend, the patron saint of Siracusa Saint Lucia (killed in Roman times under the reign of Diocletian) answered their pleas and made it so that ships loaded with wheat docked at the harbour. As the annalist and archaeologist Giuseppe Capodieci recounts at the end of his Memoirs of Saint Lucia: “The owner of one of these ships stated that he had no intention of enter the port, but he was obliged by the winds…

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