Saint Ampelio

wax reliquary statue containing the relics of Saint Ampelio, Santa Maria Maddalena church, Cape Sant'Ampelio, Bordighera, Italy, artist unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


Blacksmith who gave up his work and worldly life to live as a hermit in Thebaid in Egypt. There his chastity was tempted by the devil in the form of a woman, but Ampelio heated an iron bar till it glowed, and used it to chase the demon away; from this choice he received the gift of being impervious to burns. Immigrant to the island of Bordighera, Italy where he planted the first date palms (Bordighera is known as the “Queen of Palms” or “City of Palms”), lived in a cave, was known as a miracle worker, and set an example of prayerful Christian life.

Name Etymology

  • greek: Ampelio = winemaker


  • 4th century in Upper Egypt




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ampelio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 May 2016. Web. 23 February 2020. <>