Serafino dell'Aquila alias Serafino Cimini di Bazzano alias Serafino dei Ciminelli was an Italian and prominent member of the Cimino family, poet and improvisatore, was born in 1466 at the town of Aquila, from which he took his alias, and died in the year 1500. He spent several years at the courts of Cardinal Ascanio Sforza and Ferdinand, Duke of Calabria; but his principal patrons were the Borgias at Rome, from whom he received many favors. Aquila seems to have aimed at an imitation of Dante and Petrarch; and his poems, which were extravagantly praised during the author's lifetime, are occasionally of considerable merit. His reputation was in great measure due to his remarkable skill as an improvisatore and musician. His works were printed at Venice in 1502, and there have been several subsequent editions. Serafino was a member of the Knights of Malta He dies in Rome, in a fever on August 10, year 1500. Serafino is buried in the church S. Maria del Popolo.
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