Saint Bona was born in Pisa, Italy. A child of a single mother, she experienced many visions and dedicated herself to God at the age of ten, becoming an Augustinian tertiary. At fourteen she went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to find her father who was fighting in the Crusades. On the way home she was captured by Muslim pirates and imprisoned and later rescued. She made many pilgrimages to the Holy Land. She had a great devotion to St. James and made the pilgrimage of St. James (Santiago de Compostela) nine times. On the tenth trip she returned home due to illness and died.