After an extensive restoration funded by a Japanese TV network, part of the deal was that this same company (Nippon TV) would have exclusive photo rights for 3 years of the restored frescoes. It has long since expired, but security guards still shout "no photos!" Every couple of minutes inside the chapel. Kind of messes with the vibe but it was still pretty awe-inspiring, and I didn't listen to the shouting so here's a little peak (no flash used, of course!)
During Machiavelli's exile, he would often take tunnels leading from the family vineyard to the local pub, to avoid certain people from the city who might choose to remind him he was unwelcome there. Here you can see the historical winebarrels through the corridor.
"The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it" -Niccolò Machiavelli . . . Machiavelli spent his time in self-imposed (medici-encouraged) exile on a beautiful family-owned vineyard just 15 kilometers from Florence. It was here that he wrote his famous work, "The Prince."
Did you know that Machiavelli, Dante Algieri, Ghisaberti, Galileo, Michelangelo, Napoleon's sister and countless other greats are all buried in the same church?? Now you do. Incredibly beautiful church and cloister ❤🇮🇹