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Pontormo, “Ritratto di Monsignor della Casa”,

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The cradle of Galateo

The seeds of "Galateo", the most important treaty of good manners in Europe, sprouted on our estate. The "La Casa” Renaissance Villa is found here, where Giovanni della Casa was born in 1503, author of Galateo and son of Lisabetta Tornabuoni, cousin of the great Lorenzo the Magnificent.

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Giovanni della Casa was a great florentine writer, he rose to fame as Vatican Secretary of State under Pope Paul IV and as the author of Galateo, one of the world’s greatest book on etiquette. This book has been translated into several languages and was the reference standard for ladies-in-waiting to Queen Elisabeth I of England.


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