Where Saint Zeno went fishing
San Zeno in Oratorio, also known as San Zenetto, was probably built in the 8th century AD, not far from the crossing of two major Roman roads, the via Postumia and the via Gallica, and near a preexisting Roman necropolis.
The complex and discontinuous architectural development of the church was due, above all, to the floods of the river Adige, and the composite structure we see today dates back to the 13th century. The small church houses an interesting relic attributed to Saint Zeno: the rock on which, according to tradition, the saint used to sit when he was fishing on the Adige.
The relic has a strong symbolic meaning: it reminds us at the same time of the saint’s sober, simple life, and his mission as an evangeliser and a fisher of men.