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Home of a Renaissance icon

Our Country Resort is recognized by the Italian government as a special landscape area and while you’re here you can enjoy the beautiful Renaissance Villa La Casa. This was the birthplace, in 1503, of Giovanni della Casa, future author of the famous Galateo treatise. His father was Pandolfo della Casa and his mother, Lisabetta Tornabuoni, was a cousin of Lorenzo de’ Medici (the Magnificent). 

Portrait of the Monsignore 

Known as "Il Monsignore", Giovanni became a cleric in Florence after studying law in Bologna. In Rome, he was close to many prominent personalities, including Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, who appointed him to important offices around Florence. In 1555 he was made Secretary of State of the Holy See and he died in Rome in 1556.

Giovanni della Casa is most famous for his treatise Galateo, which remains a milestone in Italian literature and still known throughout Europe as a reference for polite behavior and courtesy.

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