Virgilio Giotti (Trieste, 1885-1957) lived in Florence in the first decade of the 20th century where he frequented artists and writers. After the first world war, and back in Trieste, opened a local newspaper and popular magazines, then was an inspector of asylums, employee of the municipality and, finally, worked in the health offices. He was a great friend (and rival) of Umberto Saba. In 1941 appears the first edition of Colors. The enlarged edition, practically a compilation of his complete work written in the Triestinian dialect, was published in 1957, a few weeks after the death of the poet. The passionate writings of Mario Fubini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gianfranco Contini and Cesare Segre have placed Giotti among the greatest Italian dialect poets of the 20th century. As Cesare Segre has written, in Giotti "the dialect is not a useful instrument for the regression to childhood, nor a populist veil; it is a mode of refined expression, of a purity between horaciana and leopardiana ».