However, the most famous love story in Florence occurred between Francesco I dei Medici and Bianca Cappello. Bianca Cappello was the daughter of a Venetian gentleman from the ancient noble family. Her parents were Bartolommeo Cappello and Pellegrina Morosini. In 1563, she fell in love with Pietro Bonaventuri and fled with him to Florence, where on December 12 that same year, the two lovers got married. The Palazzo del Mondragone, on via dei Banchi, at the corner of via del Giglio, is where Bianca Cappello and Francesco de’ Medici met during a party. It was love at first sight. The Palazzo di Bianca Cappello, on via Maggio, 26, with the decorated facade, was renovated by architect Bernardo Buontalenti.
Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the celebrated English couple, both poets, moved to Florence to flee from Elizabeth's obsessive father; their love for one another lasted for 11 years. When Elizabeth died in 1862, Robert returned to England with their son. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is buried at the English Cemetery in Piazza Donatello.
The hill of Bellosguardo was where Ugo Foscolo and his love, Quirina Mocenni Magiotti, lived. They resided in Villa Torricella, destroyed in the early 1900s, where Foscolo wrote the verses of Le Grazie (1813), dedicated to his lover.