Hailing from Tuscany, predominantly from the town of Poggibonsi, the Corsini family first came to Florence in the late 1100s. Over the next two centuries, they worked their way into trade and politics, holding the uttermost political post of Gonfaloniere of Justice a good 47 times. With the rise of the Medici family in the 1400s, the Corsini family initially lost some tenure before regaining additional powers under their rule through the garnering of political, military and religious posts, and wealth particularly through trading and banking.
The Corsini family accumulated various feuds, eventually also earning them the corresponding Marquis of these and other areas throughout the 1600s. Aside from his title of Marquis of Tresana, Bartolomeo Corsini (1683-1752) became the first Prince of Sismano and Duke of Casigliano. He also held high-ranking military posts in Rome under the command of King Charles III of Naples.
During the 1700s, Corsini family members held important political posts, including Secretary of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany for Neri Corsini (1771-1845) and positions as ambassador and senator for Tommaso Corsini (1767-1856), whilst Andrea (1804-1868) was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Grand Duchy and eventually appointed as a life senator and Mayor of Florence. Corsini family members continued to have political roles through to the late 1900s.
Several Corsini family members also entered the church, resulting in a dozen Corsini Priors, two Bishops of Florence and two of Fiesole – one of whom was declared Saint Andrew Corsini in 1629, the other - his brother Neri - a Blessed Soul. The first ever archbishop to be appointed in Florence (1411) was also a Corsini by the name of Amerigo (1411).
Lorenzo Corsini went on to become Pope Clemente XII (1730-1740). During his time, he had the Trevi Fountain constructed in Rome, as well as several other chapels, palaces, museums and the like.
Pope Clement XII was a great patron of the arts, along with several other Corsini family members. The Corsini family have set up and donated generously to several important museums.
In terms of properties, the Corsini family has left a wealth of palaces around Italy. Indeed it was once said that you could walk from Florence to Rome without stepping off Corsini land.
Today, Corsini family members maintain many properties, including two Corsini palaces in the centre of Florence (one along the Arno river, the Lungarno, the other by Porta il Prato), and in Rome (Palazzo Corsini alla Lungara, commissioned by Cardianal Neri Maria Corsini in 1736).
Corsini family properties in the Tuscan countryside. Some used to produce award-winning wines and host events we visit on our small-group Tuscany tours.