Cascia is a favourite destination for pilgrims who come to venerate St Rita whose incorrupt body is preserved in the modern basilica named after her. Saint Rita, the saint of impossibile causes, is venereted all over the world. On her feast day, 22 May, thousands of roses are blessed, in memory of the rose that bloomed in the middle of winter in her garden in Roccaporena, her home village. Saint Rita, the “rose of Umbria” experienced all vocations: she was wife, mother and nun and received a stigmata on her forehead, from a thorn in the crown of Jesus. Pilgrims entering the Monastery, where Rita lived and died, can see the place where she was stigmatised and the cell that houses her sarcophagus, where the saint’s true face is painted. Cascia has also an important church heritage with splendid frescoes, but it is also the home of saffron, which has bee cultivated since ancient times and which can be tasted every year in October during the Mostra Mercato dello Zafferano (Saffron Exhibition Market).