Significance within the Decameron:
Fiammetta: First Day, Fifth Tale (The Marchioness of Montferrat turns away the unwanted attentions of the King of France with a chicken dinner)
Lauretta: First Day, Eighth Tale (Ermino de' Grimaldi, or Ermino Skinflint, as he was known on account of his avarice, is shown the error of his ways)
Emilia: Second Day, Sixth Tale (Madam Beritola loses her husband and two children and endures much hardship before she is reunited with them)
Filomena: Second Day, Ninth Tale (Ambrogiuolo leads Bernabò to believe his wife has been unfaithful to him)
Lauretta: Fourth Day,Third Tale (Three couples flee from their homes, but their happiness dissolves as a result of jealousy and anger)
General Aspects: Located about 75 miles (120 km) south of Milan on the Gulf of Genoa, the city occupies a narrow coastal plain and the western slopes of the Apennine Mountains. As a flourishing Roman municipium, it became a road junction, a military port, and a market. During the 12th and 13th centuries, maritime commerce was the dominant activity. The port city was instrumental in Mediterranean trade.
(J. K., J. Q. & N. F.)