We start our walk from Palazzo Pucci, not far from the Duomo. A beautiful historic building from the first half of the sixteenth century, it was built by the centuries-old Florentine Pucci family. There's a particularly interesting story about one of the Puccis, Pandolfo.
Pandolfo's father, Roberto, played a leading role in the passage of Florence from the Republic to the Principality and this led him to become a key figure for the first Duke Alessandro. Pandolfo, following in his father's footsteps, later became one of the most important court dignitaries of Cosimo I de 'Medici, Alexander's successor. His position, however, did not save him in 1541 from being condemned "for the infamous reason of a disgraceful vice", sodomy, a crime committed with the Florentine sculptor Giovanni Bandini.
The arrest and consequent killing of his father Roberto, guilty of having helped to free his son, aroused anti-Medicean sentiments in Pandolfo, resulting in the conspiracy organized to kill Cosimo de 'Medici, which went down in history as the Pucci conspiracy of 1559. Pandolfo wasidentified as the main "conjurante et instigante" and was then killed on January 2, 1560, hanged from a window in the Bargello.