Facts

Also see Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani

  • 1335 – Born in Prato, father a member of the Guild of Innkeepers
  • 1348 – Parents and two brothers die of the plague
  • 1350 – Leaves Florence in the train of a merchant to trade in the rich stew of papal Avignon
  • 1363 – 1365 Sets up in partnership with fellow Pratese trading in, among other things, salt, armour, luxury goods
  • 1375 – sets up his own firm with 4500 florins
  • 1374 – survives the plague
  • 1375 – illegitimate son born and soon after "called to heaven"
  • 1376 – marries Margherita
  • 1382 – leaves the business in hands of trusted associates Buoninsegna di Matteo Buoninsegna and Tieri di Benci and returns to "hometown" Prato after 30 years
  • 1383-1397 – In his fifties started the enterprises that would make him a serious fortune : wool manufacture, dying, export and sometimes banking. Famous for exploiting letters of credit. offices in Florence, Pisa, Prato, Valencia among others.
  • 1387 – illegitimate son Francesco born
  • 1388 – sadly son dies
  • 1392 – illegitimate daughter Ginevra born
  • 1398 – Ginevra adopted
  • 1409 and 1410 – The last of a long list of distinguished visitors, King Louis II of Anjou stays at Palazzo Datini in Prato
  • 1410 – Francesco dies and leaves his great bequest to the charity called the Ceppo.