The original TUACA recipe was created more than 500 years ago, during the Italian Renaissance. Lorenzo de Medici, or Lorenzo the Magnificent as he was known, ruled Florence, Italy during this time. He assumed this responsibility from his father at the age of 20 and unlike many of his contemporaries, who favoured war and bloodshed, Lorenzo respected the arts. He became a generous benefactor to the great artists of the period including Michelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli.