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.
- greek: Ampelio = winemaker
- 4th century in Upper Egypt
- 5 October c.410 in Bordighera, Italy of natural causes
- to punish rebels in Bordighera, civil authorities in Genoa, Italy took the relics to the Olivetan convent of San Stephen in loyal city of Sanremo, Italy in 1140
- relics moved to the convent of Saint Stephen in Genoa, Italy on 14 May 1258
- relics returned to Bordighera on 16 August 1947 and enshrined at the church of Santa Maria Maddalena on Cape Sant’Ampelio
- “Saint Ampelio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 May 2016. Web. 17 January 2017. <>