Born to the Italian nobility, in his youth Nicola received a vision of an angel who warned him not to eat meat as he would one day join a religious order that had a permanent rule of abstinence. He was a university student in Bologna, Italy when he heard the preaching of Saint Dominic de Guzman. He soon after joined the Dominicans, receiving the habit from Saint Dominic himself. Priest. Noted and successful preacher. Twice provincial of the Dominicans in the enormous province of Rome. Founded monasteries in Perugia and Trani, promoted Scripture study and the compilation of a Bible concordance. Commissioned by Pope Gregory IX to preach Crusade against the Saracens. Reported miracle worker. He spent his final years as a prayerful monk in the Dominican monastery in Perugia.
- 1256 at the Dominican monastery in Perugia, Umbia, Italy of natural causes
- buried in the church of Saint Dominic in Perugia
- “Blessed Nicola Paglia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 February 2017. Web. 27 February 2017. <>