Dante Alighieri (1265? – 1321) is considered the finest poet that Italy has ever produced, and is also celebrated as a major influence on western European culture through his major work, ‘The Divine Comedy’.
Niccolò Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) remains one of the most controversial figures of political history. ‘The Prince’ is his highly controversial manual of political conduct and the application of power, written in 1513 for the Medici, following their return to power in Florence. His ideas are finding new relevance in the world of corporate business.
Carlo Collodi was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini (1826-1890) who dismissed his own work, ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ as “childish twaddle”, little suspecting that, after his death, it would become one of the best-loved children’s stories ever written.
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) is heralded as one of Europe’s foremost storytellers. Boccaccio is renowned for ‘Decameron’, a collection of one hundred novellas, and widely recognised as a masterpiece of world literature.