On 25 October, the people of Reggio celebrate the feast of the Holy Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria, co-protectors of Reggio. It is not known exactly who these two Roman martyrs were. However, it is certain that they were martyred when they were still young, noble and bound by a promise of marriage. According to the legend, Chrysanthus, imprisoned as a Christian, was introduced to the beautiful Daria, who wanted to convert him to paganism, but instead, fascinated by the prisoner's words, embraced the new religion herself. The two converted many Romans until they were buried alive. Their bodies have rested in the Cathedral of Reggio since 947, in a marble urn in the crypt. In 2011, a scientific investigation of the bodies conducted by a group of scholars showed that the findings were compatible with the story handed down by tradition.
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta – History and legends of Chrysanthus and Daria
Piazza Camillo Prampolini, 5/g, 42121 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy