Lorenzo Botticelli was born in Sicily to two poor parents. They were great people, mind you, working every minute to support their four children, Lorenzo being the youngest. However, when Lorenzo was just twelve years old, his parents died six months apart, his father in a tragic accident and his mother by heart attack, leaving the four children to fend for themselves. Lorenzo's oldest brother, Luca, got a job to support the family for a while (his two sisters were too young at that point to get jobs of their own), but it wasn't working out. Tensions began to build between Luca and the older of the two girls, Camilla. Finally, the fighting reached a head, and Camilla left for mainland Italy on her own, taking the family's money reserve with them. Luca, Lorenzo, and their sister Sofia were left alone. But that didn't last long either, as Sofia left soon afterwards at the age of sixteen. Lorenzo was fourteen now, Luca twenty. The two brothers stayed alone for a few months, but eventually talked about it and decided to follow their sisters. They lived in Rome for a while, until Luca died of the flu due to their lack of money for proper health care. Lorenzo, now only seventeen, was completely alone.
Lorenzo eventually found work at a factory in Florence. The owner of the factory took a liking to him due to his intelligence, and took him under his wing. He tutored him, and eventually paid for him to go to an American university. It was there that Lorenzo took a liking to American culture. At university, Lorenzo met another Italian woman named Anna. He was instantly in love. What he didn't know is that she was a witch.
The two married and moved back to Italy. Anna told Lorenzo she was a witch, but Lorenzo didn't care. He was madly in love with her. They had a child--a boy. Lorenzo wanted to give him an American name, but Anna won out with her traditional Italian name: Anthony. Anthony did get an American middle name--Thayer.
But not every marriage is happy. Lorenzo and Anna began to fight a lot. Anna drank too much, and Lorenzo was forced to pick up the pieces. Despite her being a wizard, there was a history of alcoholism in Anna's family, and she was susceptible to it. Finally, during one of her drinking incidents, Anna left. Lorenzo expected her to come back, but she didn't. Anthony was three.
So Anthony grew up with a Muggle background. He went to Muggle school, where he was part of the nerdy clique. They were picked on a lot, and it made him upset. But he had his friends, so he was content. One time, however, when he was eight, he had had enough. His friend was being bullied outside, and Anthony yelled at the bullies to stop. The bullies turned their attention towards Antony, who ran. They chased him for a while, until Anthony tripped. They grabbed him and roughed him up a bit. However, as they were walking away, something happened. Suddenly, the main bully's pants fell down and he tripped. His friends laughed, but soon they found their own pants falling down. One by one, they panicked. Each time they tried to pull them up, they fell down again. Some kids from the grade above Anthony watched the whole situation unfold, and were laughing. Embarrassed, they ran off. The older kids pinned it on Anthony undoing their belts while he was getting beat up and praised him for his hilarious prank. What they didn't know was that that incident was Anthony's first sign of magic.