Antonio Stoppani: a life of geology, travels and science popularisation Il Bel Paese. Conversazioni sulle bellezze naturali la geologia e la geografia fisica d’ Italia. Il bel paese: conversazioni sulle bellezze naturali la geologia e la Antonio Stoppani Full view – Il bel paese: conversazioni sulle bellezze naturali la. Bel Paese is a semi-soft Italian cheese. It was invented in by Egidio Galbani who wanted to produce a mild and delicate cheese to sell mainly in Italy. The name Bel Paese comes from the title of a book written by Antonio Stoppani.

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He studied the geology of the Italian region and wrote a popular treatise, Il Bel Paese Italian for “the beautiful country”on geology and natural history.

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He was among the first to propose a geological epoch dominated by human activities that altered the shape of the land. Born in LeccoStoppani studied theology and became a priest in the order of the Rosminians. He was ordained ina year of turmoil with the Siege of Milan.

During this siege, the Five Days of Milanhe became a hero for his role in the use of hot air balloons to send messages out of the besieged city.

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Along with Vincenzo Guglielminihe ensured that the balloons could move over the walls of the city from the Seminario Maggiore di Porta Orientale and carry messages to rally the Italians against the Austrian Empire. Stoppani was important as a popularizer of science.

His most popular work, Il Beel Paese, conversazioni sulle bellezze naturali la geologia e la geologia e la geografia fisica d’Italia “The Beautiful country, conversation on the natural beauty of geology and the physical geography of Italy”after which Bel Paese cheese was named by Egidio Galbani the wrapper for the cheese included a portrait of Stoppani [3].


It presents, by means of 32 didactic, scientific conversations supposedly in front of a fireplace, ideas and concepts from the natural sciences, in language accessible to the average 19th-century reader. It was so popular that it went into editions by and was a antobio in schools. It deals especially with geological curiosities and the beauty of the Italian landscape.

He commented on Italians who “know almost nothing about the natural beauty of our country; yet take delight when someone calls it a garden” and that the English fall in love with just one thing and devote their energies, emotions, and life to arrive dead or alive at the summit of mountains.

His introduction to natural history declared that ” man should never disappear from nature, nor should nature disappear from man “. He promoted the idea that Catholics needed to learn science and that the bible was to be interpreted rather than taken literally. In this last work the author discussed the glaciation of the Italian Alps and the history of Italy during the Pleistocene age.

Stoppani was the great-uncle of Maria Montessorifamous for her work on education; [11] he was the uncle of Maria’s mother Renilde. In Stoppani acknowledged the increasing power and impact of humanity on the Earth’s systems and referred to the anthropozoic era [14] an idea that was possibly based on George Perkins Marsh who lived in Italy [15] and whose work, Man and Naturewas translated into Italian in In a former chapter I spoke of the influence of human action on the surface of the globe as immensely superior in degree to that exerted by brute animals, if not essentially different from it in kind.


The eminent Italian geologist, Stoppani, goes further than I had ventured to do, and treats the action of man as a new physical element altogether sui generis. According to him, the existence of man constitutes a geological period which he designates as the Anthropozoic era.

Whereas the effects of man proposed in the past were small and gradual, the effects are sharply marked in Cruzen’s anthropocene. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Making the Geologic Now.

Antonio Stoppani – Wikipedia

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