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An outstanding personality, Vittorio was born in Arezzo into the noble family, Fossombroni, that was originally from Fossombrone, a town in the Province of Pesaro-Urbino, and moved to Arezzo in the 1400ís. Mathematician, economist and engineer specialising in hydraulics, he was a teacher at the University of Pisa.
He became famous for his writings on irrigation and he projected and supervised the work to drain the Valdichiana. A first-class intellectual and politician, he was called to Paris during the Napoleonic Empire, nominated as Senator, decorated by the Legion of Honour and given the title of Count. After the Restoration he helped the Grand Duke Ferdinand III to govern Lorraine and rose to great political heights in the government as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.


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