Discover Florence in the footsteps of Machiavelli

Florence needs no introduction. And we don’t have to convince you that the city is worth a visit! Instead, what we propose here today is an "alternative" route to visit Florence while discovering some of the places that had a relationship with Niccolò Machiavelli, one way or another. Our tour "in the footsteps of Machiavelli" begins under the name of Girolamo Savonarola, based in San Marco. The monk, who at the time was prior of the monastery, was a landmark in the story of our protagonist.
San Marco [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
San Marco [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
The second leg of the itinerary is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, a symbol of the Medici political power. The story goes that here is where the “Mandragola”, the famous comedy by Machiavelli, was represented.
Palazzo Medici Riccardi [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Sabrina Bernacchini]
Palazzo Medici Riccardi [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Sabrina Bernacchini]
We move on to the Basilica of San Lorenzo, another focal point of the Florentine Renaissance era, with the presence of Filippo Brunelleschi and Michelangelo Buonarroti.
San Lorenzo [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
San Lorenzo [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
The four following legs - Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lanzi and the Bargello - are the places of Machiavelli during the years that saw him working for the Florentine Republic.
Piazza della Signoria [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
Piazza della Signoria [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
The Tabernacolo delle Stinche (Tabernacle of the Stinche), a few meters from the Bargello, was located near the homonymous prison. Machiavelli was imprisoned here after the sack of Prato, accused of having plot against the masters of Florence.
Tabernacolo delle Stinche [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
Tabernacolo delle Stinche [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
The Casa Buonarroti and Santa Croce are the symbols of the last moments of the life of Machiavelli and of his death. In the old house there are still objects of great charm, such as sculptures, drawings and papers. The Basilica of Santa Croce preserves the tomb of Machiavelli.
Piazza Santa Croce [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
Piazza Santa Croce [Photo Credits: Museo Galileo - Marco Berni]
Our tour ends in Palazzo Strozzi, home of the Machiavelli-Serristori Fund, gathering volumes by Macchiavelli and on Machiavelli, that was previously part of the Sofia Serristori collection and it’s now property of the Region of Tuscany.
[Photo Credits: dvdbramhall]
[Photo Credits: dvdbramhall]
If this kind of itinerary is your cup of tea… … what about: An itinerary on the trail of Michelangelo’s David. An itinerary in the footsteps of a “genius”: Leonardo da Vinci. A journey to discover Piero della Francesca’s land, works and history. A journey to discover the masterpieces of the Della Robbia family. An exploration of Livorno, in search of the places of Amedeo Modigliani. Original article: "Machiavelli a Firenze: segui le orme del Segretario" by Marta Mancini – Diari Toscani
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