Episode 12: Advice From Machiavelli

Florence - Photo by Nicola Pavan on Unsplash

This episode takes time out from visiting the sights of Florence in order to get to know more about one of the city’s most famous inhabitants: Niccolo Machiavelli, one-time Secretary to the Council of Florence, but much better known to us for his writings. Hear about his life at the centre of Florence’s politics, his banishment to the countryside when he fell out of favour and the writing he left behind, from ‘perhaps the most famous letter ever written in Italian’ to his advice to a former boss on how to succeed politically, written up in ‘The Prince’. Learn from Machiavelli whether ruthlessness pays off and what you should do if you want to gain the respect of all the underlings who work for you.


More information about Florence coming soon.

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Links & Reading

3 useful websites for tourists
Feel Florence
Visit Florence 
Destination Florence

4 guidebooks on Florence
Pocket Rough Guide to Florence 
Time Out Florence City Guide
Blue Guide Florence by Alta Macadam
Strolling through Florence by Mario Erasmo

2 more guidebooks on Florence and Tuscany
Lonely Planet Guide to Florence and Tuscany 
Eyewitness Travel Guide to Florence and Tuscany by Christopher Catling

3 history books and a guide to art and architecture
Florence, the Biography of a City by Christopher Hibbert
The Medici by Paul Strathern
The Medici by Mary Hollingsworth
Art and Architecture in Florence by Rolf C Wirtz

3 anthologies
Florence: A Traveller’s Reader by Edward Cheney
Florence Stories Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics
A Literary Companion to Florence by Frances King

2 memoirs of Florence
Florence: A Delicate Case by David Leavitt
A Florence Diary by Diana Athill

4 novels set in Florence
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (Biographical novel about Michelangelo)
A Room with a View by E M Forster
Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel