Luigi Venturi (Pavia 1812 - Florence 1890) was the private secretary of Leopold II, Grand Duke of
Tuscany, and a versatile writer. He was an influent man up to the April 1859 revolution, which
caused the Grand Duke’s expulsion. He was on familiar terms with many learned men and artists
active in Florence in those years, as it is proved by his correspondence, which is largely extant,
although scattered and unpublished. In 1859 he had to withdraw into private life. He devoted himself
to poetry and study, above all of the Bible, the Fathers of the Church, Dante and Manzoni. Among
all his production, the book Le similitudini dantesche is particularly remarkable.