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Who’s who in Tuscany

Tuscany is the birthplace of many famous people, who have excelled in particular in the arts and culture. These include some of the greatest minds of all time: Dante Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti. And then Decameron’s author Giovanni Boccaccio, politician and writer Nicolò Machiavelli, tutor of the Medici family Angelo Poliziano
– Poet Giosuè Carducci, Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio’s author
– Painters Giotto, Botticelli, Simone Martini, Donatello, Cimabue, Beato Angelico, Giorgio Vasari, Amedeo Modigliani
– The architect of the dome of the Florence Cathedral Filippo Brunelleschi
– The composer of Tosca and Turandot Giacomo Puccini and Pietro Mascagni, composer of the masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana
– The father of modern science, Galileo Galilei
– Explorers Giovanni da Verrazzano and Amerigo Vespucci
– The statesman Lorenzo de’ Medici – known as “the Magnificent” – who was a writer, patron and Lord of Florence and embodied the Renaissance man,

Among contemporaries:
– astrophysics Margherita Hack
– actors and directors Giorgio Albertazzi, Roberto Benigni, Laura Morante;
– journalists Indro Montanelli and Oriana Fallaci,
– designer Enzo Mari and architect Andrea Branzi
– singers Andrea Bocelli, Gianna Nannini, Irene Grandi and Toto Cutugno
– road cyclist Gino Bartali, gymnast Juri Chechi
Queen Paola of Belgium
– fashion designers Guccio Gucci and Roberto Cavalli

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