Paoletti, Ferdinando an Italian theologian of note, was born at Alla Croce, in Tuscany, in 1717. He studied theology at Florence, and in 1746 was made rector in Villamagna, where he labored for the remainder of his life. He died in 1801. Paoletti several times refused episcopal dignity, preferring the quiet labors of his parish to the exacting work of a diocese. He was noted not only as a devoted priest, but also as a most zealous promoter of agricultural science in his rural district.