Il Decameron (The Decameron) is a collection of short stories by the 14th century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio. The main story is about the adventures of seven boys and three girls sheltering in a villa outside Florence to escape the Black Death. Every member of the group tells a story each night, resulting in 100 stories in total. The Decameron, whose stories are about insanity, jokes, love and death, is considered one of the most important literary works of the 14th century in Europe.
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