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Palazzo Auditore
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Political information
Description

The residence of the Auditore family.

Location

San Giovanni District, Florence, Italy

Date constructed

1473 CE

Historical information
Functions

Private residence
Assassin safehouse

The Palazzo Auditore (English: Auditore Palace) was the home of the Auditore family within the city of Florence. The building was easily recognizable by the flags bearing the Auditore family emblem.

HistoryEdit

Construction and conceptionEdit

Initial sketches for the palazzo were completed by Leone Battista Alberti, but the actual plans were completed by the building's commissioner and owner, Giovanni Auditore da Firenze. These included secret passages and rooms where Giovanni could perform his Assassin duties.[1][2]

Auditore executionEdit

The building was completed in 1473, but in 1476, the Auditore family was executed and the building was abandoned, apart from a contingent of Florentine city guards stationed along the palazzo's roof, presumably remaining on the lookout for the lone surviving Auditore, Ezio. These guards were removed upon the failure of the Pazzi conspiracy, leaving the palazzo completely abandoned.[1]

The palazzo was once again briefly occupied in 1494, when French troops invaded Florence and ousted Piero de' Medici. The occupying French troops used the palazzo as a billet, until departing to conquer the Kingdom of Naples. The palazzo was stripped of its remaining contents during the Bonfire of the Vanities. It was at this time that Ezio revisited the palazzo, where he experienced a ghostly vision of his family.[3]

DestructionEdit

Between 1498 and 1500, rumors of the palazzo's destruction had reached the surviving Auditore in Monteriggioni. Once Ezio had arrived in Rome in January 1500, Niccolò Machiavelli confirmed that the palace had been demolished.[4]

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