Estate di San Martino, ‘Saint Martin’s Summer’, is a heat wave in the days around San Martino, November 11th.
Martino was a Roman soldier. One day while he was riding in a very cold winter day, he met a beggar. The poor man was freezing so Martino cut in half his military cloak and give one half to the beggar. Suddenly the sun appeared to award Martino’s generosity.
San Martino and the beggar on the facade of Chiesa di San Martino, in Lucca.