The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

DANTE and Venturini lines

Dante is one of the Toscana region’s best known surnames.   It has survived the centuries with the spelling of the name known as either  Danty, Danti or Dante.

The name Dante is an Italian name that originates as a shortened version of “Durante” meaning “enduring,” “lasting” or “steadfast” stemming from the Latin “divans,” which is the present participle of “durare” meaning “to last,” “to continue” or “to endure.”

The surname may have originated in the ancient city of Venice

St. Mark's, Venice

where from here her children spread throughout the Regions. The name is derived from the ancient tribe of Veneti that inhabited the region in Roman times.   The city historically was the capital of an independent city-state.   Venice has been known as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic“, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”. Luigi Barzini, writing in The New York Times, described it as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”.Venice has also been described by the as being one of Europe’s most romantic cities.

Toscana is, however, where our Branch of the Dante family  settled and it is here that the family set their roots for  many centuries.
Tuscany is known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci and Puccini. Due to this, the region has several museums (such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Chianciano Museum of Art). Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino).


The most famous of these children was of course Aligheieri Dante, commonly  known only as Dante, who was the most famous Italian Poet of the 12th century.  His Divine Comedy originally called ” La Divina Commedia  The Inferno” is considered his greatest work and he istoday  known in Italy as the Supreme Poet. Dante is also known  as “The  Father of the Italian Language.”

So this well established Tuscan family spread throughout the villages of Tuscany and made this region their own.

Our branch of the family settled in the Barga Region and are well established in this village for many centuries.

The Ponte Vecchio

We are connected via our Brucciani bloodline.   Our great grandmother Eletta Brucciani married Leonardo Quilietti.  Her sister Amelia Theresa Brucciani  married Francesco Dante.

But it doesn’t end there.  Eletta and Leonardo’s daughter Erminia Quilietti married her cousin Pietro Dante , the son of Amelia Theresa and Francesco Dante.

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