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was an Italian banker.
Born at Portico di Romagna, near Forlì
Forlì is a comune and city in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, and is the capital of the province of Forlì-Cesena. The city is situated along the Via Emilia, to the right of the Montone river, and is an important agricultural centre...
, he was later prior of Florence
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in 1282. He was the father of Beatrice Portinari
Beatrice "Bice" di Folco Portinari was a Florentine woman known as the muse of the poet Dante Alighieri. Beatrice was the principal inspiration for Dante's Vita Nuova, and also appears as his guide in the Divine Comedy in the last book, Paradiso, and in the last four canti of Purgatorio...
, the woman largely identified as the character loved by Dante
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and mentioned in several of his works. In 1285 he donated a large part of his assets to the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova
Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova is the oldest hospital still active in Florence.-Origins:The hospital was founded in 1288 by Folco Portinari, the father of Beatrice beloved by Dante...
in Florence to found a female wing.
His residence in Florence was the future Palazzo Portinari Salviati. He was buried in the nearby church of Santa Maria de' Cerchi.