Notable people born in Verona

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Did you notice that the experience you have when visiting a city totally changes if you know its history and the important people that were born there? It’s like even a simple street or deserted placed change its significance if you know an interesting event that happened there. That is why finding out which are the most notable people born in Verona and discovering a little bit about their lives could turn out to be quite important, if you decide to visit this amazing Italian city.

Let’s find out thus more on some of the notable people born in Verona:


Many might not know that the Latin poet of the Republican period, Catullus, was born in the region that constitutes Verona today. His work has greatly influenced the poetry from everywhere and continues to survive and work as a point of reference even nowadays. Some of Catullus most important poetries have been dedicate to Lesbia, a false name for his married girlfriend, to politicians, Julius Caesar or rhetors, such as Cicero.

Antonio Salieri

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Antonio Saglieri was born in Legnago, south of Verona, on the 18th of August 170 and little did his parents know that their son will become an important composer in the Austrian Royal court. Although having Italian nationality, his life is closely related to the Habsburg monarchy, where Antonio Salieri spent his adult life and developed his career. He was a cosmopolitan composer writing opera in three languages, influencing thus other important contemporary composers. He was appointed director of the Italian opera by the Habsburg court and in time he turned out to be the person dominating the Italian language at the opera in Vienna.

Girolamo Fracastoro (Fracastorius)

Girolamo Fracastoro was a true genius, known today as the Italian who made important propositions regarding epidemic diseases. He was a physicist, poet and a scholar in mathematics, geography and astronomy. He stated that the epidemic diseases are caused by what he called “spores”, which transmit the infection by direct or indirect contact. This theory has remained influential for nearly three centuries, until it was replaced by the “germ theory”.

Also, the name of syphilis is derived from Fracastorius’ poem, in which a boy named Syphilus insulted the sun god and was cursed with a horrible disease. The poem even suggests using mercury as a cure. Some other of his piece of arts describe in great detail typhus, another common disease at that time.

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