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All Men are Created Equal

By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com

July 4, 2015 we celebrate the 239th Independence day of our great nation and that “All men are created equal.”

A tribute to Filippo Mazzei and Thomas Jefferson.

In 1773, spurred by his curiosity and interests, Philip Mazzei, a winemaker from Tuscany, set sail for Virginia to promote the cultivation of wine grapes, olives, and other Mediterranean fruits to the colonies.

Philip planted some of the first European vines at Colle, the property Mazzei had purchased for himself near Jefferson’s Monticello’s estate. But Mazzei’s interests did not end with viticultural work, his interest spanned the entire cultural spectrum and he believed that all men were free to dream and become masters of the universe.

Indeed, he found a good friend in Jefferson and the two renaissance men became good friends. Jefferson was fond of Italy and named his residence Monticello to honor Andrea Palladio architectural style.

Mazzei believed that “Tutti gli uomini sono ugualmente liberi e indipendenti” and Jefferson admired his philosophical belief that influenced him to include in the “Declaration of Independence” the phrase “all men are created equal.”  Mazzei went on to create a winery named “Philip.”

On July 4th, remember to toast Mazzei and Jefferson and celebrate that “Tutti gli uomini sono ugualmente liberi e indipendenti.”

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What also happened on July 4, 1776? King George III of England noted in his diary: “Nothing of importance happened today.”

Boy! Was he out of touch.


Rosario Mariani is the owner/CEO of Europe By Choice, which promotes travel to Italy and other select European countries. He has more than 40 years of experience in the travel industry, previously serving as Director of Italy Product for Italiatour and Club ABC Tours, and also in other positions with EuroFly, Alitalia and Air France.

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