Man of letters and brilliant pedagogue, the abbot Lorenzo Nesi was deeply committed to the cultural life of his time. He was born in 1781, on August 16th, son of Pietro and Maria Angiola Bianchi. In 1793 he entered the seminary in Pistoia, where he had the privilege to study with the illustrious rhetorician Matteo Soldati. He was priest in San Michele a Vezzano, near Florence, then he moved to Milan where, starting from 1810, he worked as a teacher and published several pedagogical surveys. In 1821 he was invited to manage the new elementary school in Pavia, and in 1831 he moved back to Tuscany, where he participated to a competition for an employment as the Rector of the renewed “Cicognini” boarding school in Prato, for which Giuseppe Silvestri was eventually put in charge. Nesi was then elected parish priest in Barberino di Mugello, where he lived until his death on February 17th, 1848. He was buried in the church of San Silvestro in Barberino. Among his most important works, we must mention the Practical Dictionary of Italian Language (1824), which was reprinted several times until 1851; the Physical History of Earth following Immanuel Kant’s “Physical Geography” and the Most Recent Discoveries and Political Settlements in Europe (1816-1817); Journey through the Gold and Diamond Districts of Brazil (translation from English, 1817); Essay about Primary Schooling as a Training for Science, Literature and Arts According to the Philosophical and Practical Programme of Modern Austrian Schools (1840); History of Catholic Church from Jesus Christ to the Council of Trent as an Introduction to Religious Studies for the Youth (translated from French, 1844); Practical Italian Language Teaching Method for Beginners in Compliance With the Principles Established by Peitl and Cherubini (1847).