Targioni Tozzetti, Fanny

BORN 9 May 1801, Firenze, Toscana - DIED 29 Mar 1889, Firenze, Toscana
BIRTH NAME Ronchivecchi, Fanny
GRAVE LOCATION Antella, Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Monumentale della Misericordia di Santa Maria, Via di Montisoni

Fanny Ronchivecchi was the daughter of Luigi Ronchivecchi and Teresa Manzi. She married professor Antonio Targioni Tozzetti, a doctor and a botanist. They had three daughters, Giulia, Adele and Teresa. Their house in the Via Ghibellina was visited by many authors and artists.

Shortly after the poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) arrived in Florence he was introduced to Fanny by the poet Alessandro Poerio. Leopardi remarked how beautiful she was and how well she spoke her languages. Fanny and her husband collected autographs of famous people and Leopardi provided her with autographs of Vittorio Alfieri, Alphonse de Lamartine and others.

Leopardi was in love with her, but his love wasn't returned. She was the inspiration for his cycle of Aspasia, a series of poems. She was also a friend of the Neapolitan exile Ranieri.


The grave of Fanny Targioni Tozzetti at the Cimitero Monumentale della Misericordia di Santa Maria, Antella.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2018)


Fanny Targioni Tozzetti - Wikipedia

Tarkovsky, Andrei

Published: 03 Mar 2018
Last update: 13 May 2018