Coluccio Salutati and Florence

A Tuscan from the Nievole river valley, Salutati became a Florentine citizen and embraced Florence as his homeland.

He can be credited with ensuring that the extraordinarily rich ‘modern’ culture of the city, which expressed itself in the vernacular and had Dante as its main inspiration, was neither rejected nor ignored by the humanistic vanguard.

With him and through him, Humanism—just as it fully blossomed—became linked with Florence, and thus took a powerful and unique civic turn (Entry n. 26) .