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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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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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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Pia de’ Tolomei

La Toscana: Tuscan characters

  Pia: a name which still echoes amongst the words sung by folksingers (which are still around today) from the Tuscan Maremma, a land of legends and secrets whispered around the fireplace. Among such tales there are many which tell of the dramatic and moving story of Pia de’ Tolomei: a ancient unsolved murder mystery [...]


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Andrea Bocelli, a DOC Tuscan!

La Toscana: Tuscan characters

There are plenty of DOC, well-known Tuscans, in the world, and I don’t just mean wines like the Classic Chianti, which delights top oenology lovers, but also all those very important people that hail from Tuscany. Among them, one in particular satisfies all music-lovers thanks to his enchanting voice. Without a doubt, his fans will [...]


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