In the past, many sayings and proverbs have handed down the names of a series of characters, half historical and half legendary, who embodied a specific quality, so that naming them was enough to say many things. One of these was Giovanni Stella, a famous bandit who lived between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and terrorised the Bassa to such an extent that for a long time after his death people continued to use phrases such as "Te ghe n'è fato come Stela", meaning "you've done all sorts of things". But who was Stella? Very little is known about him, apart from the fact that he was born in Noventa Vicentina and soon turned the marshes of Merlara into the hideout of his gang, dedicated to all sorts of robberies and burglaries. Captured on 12 February 1812, he was sentenced to the guillotine together with 13 other bandits right here, in Piazza Castello, on 25 April.