In 1497 Girolamo Savonarola burned books and art in Florence in the most infamous act of European cultural desecration. A year later, he met the same fate.
Pearls of wisdom for a prince will serve a prime minister, too.
With such a colourful political past, the British prime minister will be hoping for a show of substance in choosing the Tuscan city.
One person's high density may be another's sprawl; the same tall building may be experienced as oppressive or exhilarating; a "good crowd" for one can be "overcrowded" for another.