‘Tuscan characters’

People from Tuscany: learn more about the most renowned Tuscan characters



Il Maestro comes back home!

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture, English, Lucca, Newsletter archive, Tuscan characters

Il Maestro comes back home! Finally after a restoration that lasted several years, Giacomo Puccini’s house in Lucca is again open to the public: it is now possible to visit the birthplace with the original rooms, historical furniture and to see objects and documents that belonged to him, including postcards, notes, letters, autograph scores of [...]


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High-flying…Dante!

La Toscana: Arezzo, Art, History and Culture, English, Florence, Made in Tuscany, Pistoia, Tuscan characters, Tuscan itineraries

“Even as that stream which holdeth its own course The first from Monte Viso tow’rds the East, Upon the left-hand slope of Apennine, Which is above called Acquacheta, ere…” (Inferno – “Hell” – XVI, 94-102)     I would like to begin this Tuscan journey by borrowing some words from a writer who isn’t a [...]


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Roberto Benigni, “The little Devil”, acting The Divine Comedy: an Oscar performance!

La Toscana: Newsletter archive, Tuscan characters

The big screen lovers look forward to the month of February and its annual dates: the Berlin International Film Festival and the well-known Hollywood Oscar Night The Academy Awards, on which you can learn more visiting the oscar web site.


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When madness joints art…

La Toscana: Newsletter archive, Tuscan characters

…creativity has no bounds and immagination seems to go beyond our known paths… This time Siena is the destination of our Tuscan journey: the exhibition “Arte, genio e follia – il giorno e la notte dell’artista – Art, genius and madness – artist’s day and night” is currently being performed at the museum estate “Santa [...]


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Da Verrazzano and the Discovery of New York

La Toscana: Tuscan characters

Giovanni da Verrazzano was born in 1485 in the castle of Da Verrazzano’s family, on the Chianti hills 19 km away from Florence. Raised in Florence, Giovanni later moved to Dieppe in France and entered the French naval service. In the early 1520s the east coast of what is now the United States of America [...]

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Mona Lisa

La Toscana: Arts, Florence, Tuscan characters

Her smile is the most famous and profound smile in the world. So mysterious that she has been the cause of literally rivers of spilled ink, in a quest to prove the more risky theories which have tried to identify this famous model. Obviously, we are talking about the acclaimed portrait of the Monna Lisa, [...]


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Francesco I: a doomed King

La Toscana: Florence, Tuscan characters

Francesco I (1541-1587) is one of the most well-known members of the famous Medici family. Yet, this man, who became the grand duke of Tuscany in 1574, was never very popular with his subjects, the citizens of Florence. In fact, it seems that they actually celebrated the news of his death. However, such a respect [...]


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Ilaria del Carretto in Lucca

La Toscana: Arts, Churches and monasteries, English, Lucca, Tuscan characters

The San Martino Church in Lucca is a true Romanesque masterpiece, with its beautifully carved grey and marble front facade, which is actually a great porch and its ample bell tower which leans ever so gently against the church. This stunning facade, made up of a series of columns, is perforated like lace and projects [...]

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Dances with wolves

La Toscana: Churches and monasteries, Tuscan characters

This is the tale of a holy man who led a life locked away in a bitter solitude whilst performing miracles, like the taming of a ferocious wolf which up until then had regularly devoured the poor inhabitants of the local village. However, you would be mistaken if you thought this was the story about [...]


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Filippo Lippi

La Toscana: Arts, Florence, Tuscan characters

A painter. A brilliant artist. A story of Filippo Lippi (1406 – 1469). It’s too much to be one of the first to understand the revolutionary capacity of Masaccio, who died young and single at just 27 years old. The little survivors make faith in the convent of Carmine in Florence, and the so-called Madonna [...]

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Isabella de’ Medici

La Toscana: Florence, Tuscan characters

  For many years, the presence of the beautiful Isabella has been almost non-existent. Moreover, many say that her ghost, no longer appears in the vast hallways of the Medici mansion, which now belongs to Cerreto Guidi in the province of Florence. The last time she appeared was quite possibly many years ago in 1953, [...]


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Antonio Meucci

La Toscana: Florence, Tuscan characters

Antonio Meucci was born in Florence, in 1808, to a working class family. A situation which, obviously, did not give him much of an opportunity to advance very much in his studies. Consequently, he was forced to go and work many jobs, demonstrating a particular preference for the car and electricity industries. Like many young [...]


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