Named for Virginia Oldoini (nicknamed Nicchia), the Countess of Castiglione, Nicchia is a sparkling Lambrusco from Cantina di Sorbara in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. An Italian courtesan of great beauty turned secret agent, Nicchia is credited for her contributions to early photography and with the unification of Italy. A year after her marriage to Francesco Verasis, conte di Castiglione, she was sent to Paris at the age of 18 to plead the cause of unification to Napoleon III. Four years following her two-year affair the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed, freeing Nicchia for her collaborations with the photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson. And in addition to the 700+ image portfolio that celebrates her beauty and love of couture, Nicchia is also credited with persuading Otto von Bismarck to avoid the post-Franco-Prussian War occupation of Paris.
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