|Niccolò Machiavelli's tomb|
You may not recognize Rossini's name, but you'll know his works...
MACHIAVELLI'S TOMB - Nearly halfway down the nave of Santa Croce stands the tomb of Niccolò Machiavell
|Machiavelli on cover of his book|
FAST FACT: TOMB CAME 260 YEARS LATER - Though he died in 1527, his tomb was not built until 1787. Machiavelli’s monument is a marble structure created by Spinazzi that bears the inscription, “Tanto nomini nullum par eulogium,” or “No elegy is equal to such a name.”
WHO WAS ROSSINI? - He was nicknamed "The Italian Mozart"!
Gioachino Antonio Rossini; (Born Feb. 29, 1792 died Nov. 13, 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.
His best-known operas include the Italian comedies include The Barber of Seville, Cinderella and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and William Tell.
Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history. He is quoted as joking, "Give me the laundress' bill and I will even set that to music."
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