In the Valle del Savio rises the municipality of Sarsina, destination of thousands of pilgrims, who come to this part of the Tuscan Romagna region, to receive the traditional blessing with the “chain” of the Holy Thaumaturge.
San Vicinio arrived in Sarsina to escape the malevolence of the emperor Diocleziano. After his death, his remnant was attributed the power to cure people, and for this he was called thaumaturgist. In the Basilica di San Vicinio are still preserved the relics of the saint, along with his miraculous chain. According to legend, this was used by Vicino himself to macerate the meat, and is now considered a strong religious symbol, which evokes human suffering.
In San Vicinio, every August 28th, a festival is dedicated, during which the faithful receive the traditional curdlen, which symbolize the famous iron chain. These are colored threads of silk, which are blessed, to then be worn around the neck by sick and devotees.