Vespucci was the one person for whom North and South
America was named after. Amerigo Vespucci was born in
Florence, Italy in March of 1451, and grew up in a
considerable mansion near the river. His dream as a young
boy was to travel and get a better picture about what the
Earth looked like.
Antonio Meucci was born in San Frediano, near Florence,
in April 1808. He studied design and mechanical
engineering at Florence's Academy of Fine Arts and
invented the telephone in 1849 and filed his first patent
caveat (notice of intention to take out a patent) in
He first started painting in 1417 and shortly afterwards
entered the Convent of San Domenico at Fiesole,
eventually becoming its Prior. His first known works
include some illuminated manuscripts and the Triptych of
San Domenico (Museum of St. Mark), which still denotes
Gothic trends as well as the clear influence of Lorenzo
Monaco and Gentile da Fabriano.
He was one of the enigmatic, larger-than-life figures of
the Italian Renaissance: a celebrated sculptor,
goldsmith, author and soldier, but also a hooligan and
even avenging killer.
Architect, sculptor, painter, miniaturist and military
engineer, Buontalenti was one of the protagonist of the
revival of Tuscan architecture in the 16th century.
Carlo Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini)
Carlo Collodi was born Carlo Lorenzini in Florence as the
son of Domenico Lorenzini, a cook, and Angela Orzali, a
servant. Collodi was the first of ten children. Italian
author and journalist, best-known as the creator of
Pinocchio, the wooden boy puppet who came to life.
Caterina de' Medici
Catherine de' Medici was born to the Medici family of
Florence in 1519. She was an Italian woman who eventually
became Queen of France.
Florentine painter. His nickname means 'Ox-head'. He was
a contemporary of Dante, who refers to him in The Divine
Comedy (Purg. xi. 94-6) as an artist who was 'believed to
hold the field in painting' only to be eclipsed by
Dacia Maraini is one of the most popular, praised, and
translated Italian writers in Europe and the U.S.A. A
protagonist in the Italian literary scene since the 60's,
Maraini has enriched it with novels, plays, poems and
Durante degli Alighieri, better known as Dante, (c. June
1, 1265 September 13/14, 1321) was an Italian
Florentine poet. His greatest work, la Divina Commedia
(The Divine Comedy), is considered the greatest literary
statement produced in Europe during the Middle Ages, and
the basis of the modern Italian language.
Luca della Robbia (1400-1482) was a Florentine sculptor
noted for his terracotta roundels. Della Robbia developed
a pottery glaze that made his creations more durable in
the outdoors and thus suitable for use on the exterior of
buildings. His work is noted for its charm rather than
the drama of the work of some of his contempories.
Ghirlandaio (also spelled Ghirlandaio, original name
Domenico di Tommaso Bigordi) was an early Renaissance
painter of the Florentine school noted for his detailed
narrative frescoes, which include many portraits of
leading citizens in contemporary dress.
Sculptor of Florence . (1383-1466). Donato, who was
always called Donatello by his friends and relatives, was
born in Florence in the year 1383, and produced many
The descendent of a noble Florentine family, the Marchese
Emilio Pucci di Barsento served as a decorated Italian
Air Force career pilot for 14 years. Marchese Emilio
Pucci di Barsento, a debonair Italian aristocrat, was
well known for his rich colors, supple fabrics, and
dramatic prints and his couture collection was worn by
some of the most celebrated women of the times.
Brunelleschi trained as a goldsmith and sculptor in a
workshop in Florence, beginning his apprenticeship in
1392. An important influence on him at this time was
Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli who was a merchant and medical
FRA FILIPPO DI TOMMASO LIPPI, the Carmelite, who was born
in Florence in a side street called Ardiglione, under the
Canto alla Cuculia, behind the convent of the Carmelite
friars, was left at the age of two in great poverty by
the death of his father Tommaso, and with no one to care
for him, as his mother had died shortly after his birth.
She was born in Florence on 12 May 1820 of upper-class
English parents travelling through Italy, and named for
her native city.
Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540) embodies the technical
intellectual or rather the intellectual who makes his
specific powers available to the ruling body. He was a
skilled politician and rendered his services to the
Florentine Republic of the Medici and popes
Born in Florence on February 12, 1923, Zeffirelli began
his career as an actor before becoming assistant director
to Luchino Visconti. In 1945 he began a successful career
as a costume designer for operas and stage plays. In the
1950s he became a director, staging operas and plays in
Milan, New York, London and other major centers.
Giotto di Bondone
Giotto di Bondone (c. 1267 - 1337). Florentine painter
and architect. Outstanding as a painter, sculptor, and
architect, Giotto was recognized as the first genius of
art in the Italian Renaissance.
The Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313.
Reports vary as to where he was born, but all agree that
as a young child, he lived in Florence, Italy, and was
later sent to Naples to study business.
Guccio Guccibr>Guccio Gucci
(1881-1953) was the son of a Florentine leather
craftsman. As a young man, he went to Paris and then
London, where he gained an appreciation of cosmopolitan
culture, sophistication, and aesthetics. He returned to
Italy in 1920 and opened the first Gucci shop in Florence
with a capital of only 30.000 lira.
Indro Montanelli was born in Fucecchio near Florence on
22 April 1909 and died in Milan on 22 July 2001. He was
the most outstanding Italian journalist of the last
century and one of Italy's most lucid historical
commentators and fiercest social critics.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 in Vinci,
Italy. Leonardo's mastery in art, science and engineering
have earned him a place among the most prolific geniuses
of history. He was one of the most important artists of
the Italian Renaissance, a period when the arts and
Lorenzo de' Medici
Lorenzo de Medici was born on January 1, 1449 in
Florence, Italy. "Lorenzo The Magnificent," as
he was called by the people of Florence, was a statesman,
ruler, and patron of the arts.
Cherubini was born Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Salvatore
Cherubini in Florence (September 14, 1760 March
15, 1842). He was an Italian composer. Although his music
is not well known today, it was greatly admired by many
of his contemporaries. Beethoven considered him to be the
greatest dramatic composer of his time.
(3 May 1469 21 June 1527)
Florentine political philosopher, musician, poet, and
romantic comedic playwright. Machiavelli was also a key
figure in realist political theory, crucial to European
statecraft Renaissance and early Protestant Reformation,
which shaped the behavior of nations to one another up
through World War II.
Fallaci was born June 29, 1930 in Florence, Italy and
lived through the Resistance in Italy. Known mainly for
her uncompromising style and focused insight, Fallaci has
interviewed many world leaders and celebrities; reaching
depths that few journalists venture to explore.
146394, Italian philosopher and humanist. To many
in the age of the Renaissance, Pico was the ideal man,
whose physical beauty reflected his inner harmony.
Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence the 15 November
1940. He was raised in modest surroundings but with
strong artistic traditions.