25 Jul 2017

Machiavelli’s Rabbit Hole: The Secret Of His Fame

Believe it or not but the known power political prodigy and gifted Chancellor of Florence Italy, Niccolo Machiavelli is actually a rather down to earth man, and received his inspiration in writing the most influential masterplan in seizing and holding power – “The Prince” – as well as in becoming one of the greatest men in history by sneaking into an underground tunnel from his personal estate passing through the countryside and streets of Florence and eventually connects to a tavern where he would drink, whore, gamble, and traded with knowledge and experience what the common men experience whilst dressed like a commoner.

However, the creation of Niccolo Machiavelli’s “rabbit hole” was not actually done during his time as a statesman of Florence. It is during his one year exile in the year 1512 that this so called tunnel of his was constructed. Apparently, the Medici a great and wealthy political family during the Renaissance, were displeased with him when he conspired against the political family’s return to the top of Italy’s political food chain.

But due to his birth inside an aristocratic family as well as being an incredible statesman of Florence, Niccolo Machiavelli was given the opportunity to choose his place of exile. So when he was asked by the Medici family, Niccolo Machiavelli choose a humble hamlet located on a rolling hill near the town of San Casciano where his family has properties such as farmlands, instead of staying at his uncle’s (who is at that time a cardinal) luxurious mansion that was personally designed by the late Michelangelo who is famous for being contracted to paint several artistic wonders of the world.

Generally speaking, and as you would have already guessed from the introduction, he had chosen that place of exile so as he can still practice his craft as a statesman and in nurturing his power base by building an underground tunnel from his home going to the tavern L’Albergaccio (which is now a tourist attraction in Italy) where he trades in knowledge as well as in getting close to his subjects.