In one of the chapels of the Church of St. Alessio, the staircase under which the saint has lived for 17 years is preserved. The legend has it that Alessio, of a noble Roman family, the night of his wedding escaped to Odessa, where he lived as an ascetic. During the years, he became known and after a long journey, he decided to go back to his family. However, his father didn't recognised him: he thought he was a beggar and offered him a place under the staircase. The saint spent there 17 years, writing his memories. Only after his death the family discovered his true identity.