Rita was born around 1381 in Roccaporena, small town in the suburb of Cascia. Her parents, Antonio Lotti and Amata Ferri, were already advanced in their years when they got married and only after twelve years of vain hope did Rita finally arrive. She was welcomed as a gift of Providence. Her life was knitted together with prodigious facts that tradition, more than the few certain facts, has passed on. As in all legends, though, at the beginning there is no doubt a foundation of truth. It is said that her mother, very devout, had a vision of an angel that announced to her the late pregnancy: she would have received a daughter and would name her Rita. There is a similarity here with St. John the Baptist, who was born from elderly parents and was given a name suggested from a vision.