25 April 2007.
Niccolò Machiavelli: The Slideshow. Well, not quite, but there are several things in Florence related to Machiavelli, and I have tried to take photos of everything I have seen. First there is a plate at the address of his home in Oltrarno.
Brave precursor of national unity and so on. Naturally he’s also got a street all his own a bit to the south.
Most famous Florentines have straight streets named after them, but Viale Machiavelli has as many curves as his thinking. Outside the Uffizi gallery there is a statue of him in a characteristic pose.
He’s placed next to his pal and fellow author Francesco Guicciardini (and not too far from Galileo). At the Palazzo Vecchio where I went a few days ago there is the room where Machiavelli worked for the Florentine government. The room itself is almost empty but there is the famous portrait by Santi di Tito and a bust by an unknown sculptor.
And finally he died. The tomb is in illustrious company at the Basilica di Santa Croce.
There is at least one important place I haven’t seen yet. Machiavelli wrote his most important works in exile in the countryside, and the country house where he lived is open for visitors.