Born to the wealthy nobility. From his youth he felt drawn to religious vocation, gave up his claim to wealth and moved to the area of Florence, Italy where he was known for his simple life and his charity. Legend says that when he paused in the fields to read the Bible, his oxen would continue to plow without him.
- 1331 of natural causes
- buried in the church of the monastery of San Pier Maggiore, Florence, Italy
- relics later enshrined in a glass case behind the great altar of San Pier Maggiore
- “Blessed Giovanni da Vespignano“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 July 2016. Web. 5 December 2016. <>