The essay is dedicated to some of the most important
Florentine explorers who lived between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, in
the era of great geographical discoveries. Characters such as Amerigo Vespucci
or Giovanni da Verrazzano, who have ventured on long journeys, by sea or land,
to places still unknown, and have contributed to the progress of knowledge by creating
a link between distant civilizations. Each of them started his mission from
Florence, almost nobody returned to their homeland, but their names deserve to
be etched in history.