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‘THE Villa Medici stands high up on Fiesole above Florence and the val­ley of the Arno, look­ing pretty much the same to­day as it did when Mich­e­lozzo built it in 1458 and Lorenzo the Mag­nif­i­cent is sup­posed to have given his literary din­ner par­ties there to­wards the end of the cen­tury. The Villa Diana lies a lit­tle fur­ther down the hill at the end of an old Etr­uscan road that winds among olive groves and lines of cy­presses; and this was the house where a cer­tain Ag­nolo Am­brogini, bet­ter known as Poliziano, moved in about 1483 so that he could be con­ve­niently placed, both for ac­cept­ing in­vi­ta­tions to the literary din­ners and for ed­u­cat­ing Lorenzo’s three chil­dren . . . The Villa Diana was oc­cu­pied at dif­fer­ent times by the troops of seven dif­fer­ent ar­mies, but oth­er­wise es­caped dam­age, if one over­looks the loot­ing of the grand pi­ano and the linen.’

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