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Sant’Andrea in Percussina

Macchiavelli in Exile

Machiavelli's house in Sant'Andrea

On the old road between Florence and Rome, tiny Sant’Andrea in Percussina is part of the comune of San Casciano Val di Pesa in Chianti Classico. It's surrounded by idyllic Tuscan countryside, woods, olives and vines, with a beautiful Renaissance villa on one side, and to the north, a view of Brunelleschi's dome.

Five centuries ago some of the vines belonged to the family of Niccolò Machiavelli, and it was here that spent his tedious exile after the return of the Medici, which he described in a letter as whiling away the after noon in the tavern

playing at cricca and tric-trac, and this gave rise to a thousand arguments and endless exchanges of insults, most of the time there is a fight over a penny…and so surrounded by these lice, I blow the cobwebs from my brain and relieve the unkindness of my fate’.

In the evening he would retire to work on The Prince, the work that he hoped would find favou His old tavern is still a tavern, the Albergaccio (literally, ‘nasty little inn’), and his house contains a small museum devoted to his life, complete with his desk.

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Hours Visits to Macchiavelli's house are free and usually take place Wed-Sat by writing ahead or +39 055 828471


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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Sailko, GNU Creative Commons License