In 2013, Tuscany celebrates the birth of one of its native sons, Giovanni Boccaccio. Born sometime in 1313, in Florence or Certaldo, he was among the leading humanist figures of the early Renaissance. A writer and poet, who, like Dante and Petrarch, wrote in the vernacular, Boccaccio was the author of such classic and influential works as The Decameron, Filostrado, Teseida, and On Famous Women.
A national celebration that warrants a series of commemorative stamps, the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio’s birth will also be marked by events in Tuscany, Italy and around the world.
Across the region, events will include readings of Boccaccio’s poetry, theatrical performances, film screenings, school and tourism programs, conferences and exhibits. Look for audiovisual installations in Florence, Fiesole and Settignano.
‘Our aim is to remember a literary giant and emphasize once again the role of culture in our lives,’ said Cristina Scaletti, regional councillor for tourism.
Several upcoming exhibits will mark the anniversary. In June, Le Murate, in Florence, will open A Tribute to Boccaccio, a show of works by contemporary artists. Boccaccio Street Art, in Certaldo, will feature a series of murals. The Laurentian Library in Florence will host an exhibit presenting the latest research on Boccaccio, from October 2013 to May 2014.
Check the full programme at www.boccaccio2013.it and brush up on your Boccaccio on page 15.