Simonetta Vespucci is a name commonly associated with both the Medici family of Florence and the artist Sandro Botticelli. For years, people have believed that Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” is actually a painting of Florence’s most beautiful woman – she was said to have stunned Botticelli with her beauty which is why the same face …

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I must admit, I’m super excited to go to the Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and see where the infamous Pazzi Conspiracy came to pass. Today’s post, as it’s 539 years ago to the day since it happened, is a throwback to a post I wrote on the conspiracy just before Christmas last year. …

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