Dino Buzzati’s father came from the old Bellunese family with Hungarian origins and his mother was born in Venice.
Dino Buzzati was born on October 16, 1906, Belluno, Veneto, Italy. He was a second of four children of Giulio Cesare Buzzati, a jurist specialized in international law, and Alba Buzzati (maiden name Mantovani), a daughter of the doctor Pietro Mantovani. One of Buzzati’s brothers, Adriano Buzzati Traverso, became a prominent geneticist.
Dino spent his childhood at the family villa of San Pellegrino and in Milan where his father worked at Bocconi University and sometimes taught at the University of Pavia. As a child, Buzzati had access to the huge library of the family which played an important role in his formation as a writer. To develop his early interest to figurative arts and music, he took piano and violin lessons at the age of twelve. Raised in a mountain region, he was also fascinated by them. The mountains remained his passion for the entire life and career.