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Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Emperor of Austria

The Royal Lover

Gracefully walking down the marble staircase in a long and heavy white dress, Livia Raimondi Malfatti, moved towards her lover, His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Fine lace framed her face and neck, tight velvet suited her delicate chest and shoulders, gardenia water perfumed her soft hair. He was waiting by the door, white gloves in hand, upright in his profile, straight in a perfectly cut black coat. He looked at her, offering his arm down the last few steps. She leaned willingly. He tasted of talcum powder and freshly sprinkled cologne. A footman opened the door for them and they were driven to the theatre in a closed carriage. It’s maybe like this that evenings between the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, and his beloved Livia Raimondi Malfatti began. They probably met late at night, after his official duties with his wife, Maria-Luisa of Spain, who gave him sixteen children. We are in the second half the Eighteenth Century. He is a powerful sovereign, she is a ballerina. He builds a …

Beach in the Thirties

Beach in the Thirties

In the Thirties, during the summer, even from the tiny small village of Pozzo della Chiana, in the rural area of Valdichiana in Tuscany, people found ways to go on vacation to the sea. In the picture, Caterina and Giuseppina, two young local beauties are wearing bathing suits in the time’s fashion. They seem to have chosen the Versilian coast for their break. © Melissa Pignatelli 2012 Source and picture:  © Fotoclub ‘Il Pozzo’, Storia e Immagini della Valdichiana, 2000