Art and Culture


Born in Castelfiorentino in 1933.
He is considered one of the fathers of international Street Art. Known as the author of the Fire Sculptures in Motion, his career (divided between Rome and New York), includes the Guggenheim Foundation Award for Sculpture (1968) and other prestigious awards. To his country of origin he has dedicated a series of Fire Sculptures in Motion in 1987 (former Montecatini) and in December 1999 (Teatro del Popolo), as well as a fountain sculpture depicting Icarus in Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII.


Born in Castelfiorentino in 1452.
He was a famous miniaturist in Florence, a pupil of Andrea del Verrocchio, although some art critics hypothesized Domenico Ghirlandaio as his master. His codices are kept in the Vatican Library and in various libraries in Europe, including the Codici corviniani, requested by Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, the Missals of the Vatican Library and of Brussels, and the Marcianus Capella, kept in Venice.

Bernardino CIURINI

Born in Castelfiorentino in 1695.
He was an architect known especially in the Florentine area where he worked for some important families of the time. In 1738 he completed the project of Palazzo Martelli in Florence. Also on commission of Archbishop Giuseppe Maria Martelli, he intervened in the courtyard of the Archiepiscopal Palace in Florence, redesigning its colonnade. In the years from 1723 to 1740, he designed and built the extension of the Villa of Murlo in Val di Pesa. In 1745 he designed the monumental staircase with double ramp on the facade of the Palazzo Comunale in Livorno.


Born in San Colombano, a hamlet of Scandicci, in 1420, he left works of inestimable value in the territory of Castelfiorentino, today preserved in the Be.Go Museum dedicated to him.
His works were received in the Vatican, in the palace of the Medici in Florence, in the Cemetery of Pisa, where he realized the most monumental pictorial cycle; in Montefalco, in Orvieto, Volterra, Viterbo and Terni. Other works of Benozzo can be found today preserved in the greater museums of Italy and the world. As was customary, Benozzo did not paint only large cycles of frescoes, but made use of the various artistic techniques still practiced in the most important workshops of the fifteenth century. In 1497, he left his last work in Pistoia, a Majesty in the state of sinopia, unfinished due to his death. The artist also established a special bond with Valdelsa, this territory between the provinces of Siena and Florence, crossed by the Elsa River. When Benozzo Gozzoli arrived in Valdelsa, he was already an established painter. Thanks to the prestigious cycle of frescoes he painted in San Gimignano he had the opportunity to make a name for himself and, in a relatively short period of time, he created prestigious works throughout the territory: from San Gimignano to Certaldo, Legoli in Valdera and, finally, Castelfiorentino. Here he frescoed two majestic roadside tabernacles: in 1484 the one of the Madonna della Tosse, located near Castelnuovo d’Elsa, and in 1491 the one conventionally called of the Visitazione, located at the entrance of the town, near the Elsa river.


Terino da Castelfiorentino was born in Castelfiorentino between 1230 and 1240. He was a merchant and was considered a good lyric poet of the 13th century close to the form of the “dolce stil novo”. Around 1883 Gaetano Milanesi found an interesting document in the Central State Archive of Florence, a book on vellum entitled “Ricordanze dal 1264 al 1334” published by Orazio Bacci. We only have six poems belonging to him: three sonnets and three songs, and in all of them there is a celebration of Love. Terino probably had a house near the Porta al Vento in Castelfiorentino where he was born and died.
His son Gherardo da Castelfiorentino was judge and ambassador of Florence in charge of peace between the city and Pistoia.

Leonardo GORI

He is an Italian writer, author of mystery books. Born in Florence in 1957, he lived the years of his childhood and youth in Castelfiorentino (his father was a well-known pharmacist in the city center), publishing in 2000 his debut novel in the field of “Historical mystery”: “Nero di maggio”, set in Florence in 1938. Later he published “I delitti del mondo nuovo” (2002), “Il passaggio” (2002), “La finale” (2003), “Lo specchio nero” and “Il fiore d’oro” (with Franco Cardini, 2004 and 2006) and “L’angelo del fango” (Rizzoli, 2005), with which in 2005 he won the prestigious Scerbanenco Prize at the Noir in Festival in Courmayeur. He has been working for many years on graphic fiction and related expressive forms (illustration, cinema, animated drawing). He has always combined the activity of research and study of comics with that of collector, with particular attention to the period of production between the end of the nineteenth century and 1950.
He has collaborated with the major magazines of history and criticism of the medium, such as “Il Fumetto”, “Exploit Comics”, “Comic Art”, “Fumo di China”, “Fumetti d’Italia”, “Dime Press”, “Nostalgia”, “Les cahiers de la Bande Dessinée”, etc., and has made sporadic incursions in prestigious publications such as “Capital”, the American Disney series, “Zio Paperone”; for a short period he also collaborated to the cultural pages of the newspapers “La Nazione” – “Il Resto del Carlino” and “Il Giornale della Toscana”. In the 80′s he participated in the writing of some fundamental texts on the history and criticism of Comics. He has collaborated very actively with the Epierre of Gianni Bono, for various productions, among which is still preeminent the magazine of criticism “IF, Immagini & Fumetti”, of which is Editorial Director. He has been a member of “Immagine”, and has been part of the staff of Expocartoon, the main Italian Comics Exhibition, but has also collaborated with Lucca Comics.


Born in Castelfiorentino in 1951.
He has been professor of Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Florence. He deals with twentieth-century and contemporary literature. His debut essay dates back to 1978, with the volume Sul primo Montale. He has edited many editions for Mondadori. It is president of the Center Studies and Researches Carlo Betocchi and it is part of various scientific committees and Associations. He is president of the Literary Prize of Castelfiorentino, of the Prize Firenze per Mario Luzi and of the Prize Carlo Betocchi-Città di Firenze and scientific coordinator of the Literary Prize Firenze per le culture di pace. He contributes to many magazines and to the Florence newspaper “La Nazione”.


After graduating from the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milan, he worked as a prose actor until 1999, the year in which he chose sculpture as the main language of his poetics. His theatrical path, the studies he has done, the shows he has participated in, the directors, the playwrights he has met, the whole theatrical experience has formed him in his artistic expression. His sculptures are often told by him with references to scripts, to characters of comedies or tragedies of ancient or contemporary prose. References to poems or poets, to theatrical theories enter his installations that Dall’Osso himself always defines through a dramaturgical path, as if each installation were a real theatrical performance with its characters, at the end of which the sculptor aims at catharsis for the public who will enjoy it. In 2007 Davide Dall’Osso meets Maria Vittoria Gozio (his wife in life), who joins him in the curatorship of his works and in the collaboration of the atelier’s creations. Together with her in 2014 they founded Atelier Dall’Osso. Today, they sign all of the artist’s installations and exhibitions with four hands. The sculptures are made both in polycarbonate castings and by mixing materials such as iron, copper, bronze, resin, wire, and wire mesh. The artist works with 80% industrial waste polycarbonate. His Atelier is located in Castelfiorentino in Via I. Newton, 5 / L.


Born in Naples in 1980 and then moved to Castelfiorentino at an early age.
After attending the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences in Bonn, Germany, he collaborates from 2006 to 2009 with the sculptor Marco Di Piazza and in 2010 he exhibits his personal exhibition “La maschera dell’eroe” at the L.u.C.A. Lounge Undergorund. In 2012 he wins the AP Art UP-Creative Youth competition. In 2013 he realizes a traveling exhibition in Tuscany entitled “L’immagine riflessa”, which lasts three years and reaches about 38 thousand visitors, becoming part of the Permanent Collection of the Tuscany Region. Shortly after he is contacted by the Health Media Award to make the Health Angel, he creates the steel sculpture Health Angel that in 2018 becomes the official oscar for the Health Media Awards event that rewards the best national companies in the field of health. In 2017, Bramandi participates in the international contemporary art kermesse Arte Salerno, with his work Gli Invisibili, and is subsequently an exceptional guest at the 57th Venice Biennale, where he will be awarded the Winged Lion of Venice prize. From here, Bramandi begins an intense collaboration with Prof. Vittorio Sgarbi, who will curate his works, and the Prince Art Gallery auction house.


Niccolò NICCOLAI, He was born in Castelfiorentino on 15th April 1948. His studies took him to Florence, first to the State Institute of Art, then to the Accademia di Belle Arti, to the painting school of Maestro Primo Conti; he then attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, guided by Franco Gentilini. The move to the Roman Academy enabled him to enrol at the Pontifical Lateran University, so that he could deepen his cultural and religious interests. Niccolai joined a group of young researchers who were experiencing an existential and cultural Christian experience, led by Don Silvano Piovanelli, Cardinal Emeritus of Florence, and Don Loris Massimo Zannini. His activities as a draughtsman, painter and sculptor go hand in hand with teaching, holding the chair at the Liceo Artistico in Florence for thirty-three years. Since 1985, Niccolai has been interested in set design, both for opera and prose theatre, working with directors such as Gabriele Lavia, Luca Roncon and Thadeus Kantor. Since 1999, he has worked with the Museum of the History of Science in Florence, now the Galileo Galilei Museum. In February 2013, his works were included in an anthological exhibition commissioned by the Council of the Region of Tuscany, which was displayed in Palazzo Panciatichi in Florence. In the same year, in October, on the occasion of the feast of St. Francis, a statue dedicated to the saint was placed in front of the church of the same name in Castelfiorentino, a devotional work created by Niccolai. The artist was awarded the honour of Academician of the Arts of Design of the prestigious Accademia Fiorentina.
Federigo ALBERTI, born in Castelfiorentino in 1891. He was a painter specialized in the restoration and reproduction of antique works, which brought him great success in the United States and France. Painters such as Pietro Annigoni and Ottone Rosai were also trained in his studio.
Bruna SCALI, born in Castelfiorentino. She has carried out, for the Superintendence, a qualified activity of recovery of frescoes on works by Botticelli, Masaccio, Beato Angelico and on the dome of the Cathedral of Florence. She realized at least 40 personal exhibitions in various cities. Her works can be seen in villas and churches in the Empolese Valdelsa area, including the Sanctuary of Santa Verdiana, the Church of the Annunciation, Via Forese Adimari and the traffic circle in Via dei Profeti in Castelfiorentino.
Davide FORTINI, a native of Castelfiorentino, was a hydraulic engineer and architect, Magistrate of Waters of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. He was among the designers of the hydraulic works of the Boboli Gardens and of various Medici villas. He was portrayed by Vasari in the famous tondo located in Palazzo Vecchio in which Cosimo I de’ Medici is surrounded by his archers, engineers and sculptors.
Jacopo PAOLINI, born in Castelfiorentino, sometimes referred to as Pavolini or Pagolini, was a sculptor specialized in wood carving. His main work was the execution of the ceiling of the nave and the transept of the cathedral of Volterra.
Guido CASINI, born in Castelfiorentino in 1892, created the war memorial in Piazza Gramsci in Castelfiorentino. He emigrated to Montreal in Canada where he created works receiving important recognitions.
Sandro BACCHI “SANTE VISIONI”, born in 1987 is a visual artist. His career has taken place between Florence, Milan, Amsterdam and currently in Tokyo where he recently exhibited his works at the Ether Gallery.
Roberto MALQUORI, born in Castelfiorentino in 1929, was an artist active in the “Group 70” that theorizes a technological art that is interested in contaminating itself with different disciplines: poetry, sociology, photography, theater and more. His works can be inserted between Pop Art and New Dada. He exhibited his works all over Europe.
Lamberto TASSINARI, born in Castelfiorentino, he is a writer. Founder of the transcultural magazine “ViceVersa”. He has published the novel “Durante la partenza” and an essay on Shakespeare, hypothesizing that he was behind the pseudonym John Florio.
Lorenzo FRANCIOSINI, born in Castelfiorentino around 1600. He went down in history as the author of the most important bilingual Spanish-Italian and Italian-Spanish dictionary, whose first edition dates back to 1620 and remained a point of reference until the beginning of the 20th century. He is the author of the first Italian version of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

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