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Via delle Belle Donne

There are streets in every city that remind us of the good and the bad parts of their citizens. Some celebrated the love of the heart and courtly love, while others celebrated physical love with the presence of several brothels. Via dell'Amorino was the inspiration for Niccolò Machiavelli's The Mandrake, a comedy about adulterous love, while rumour has it that the most beautiful women in Florence could be found in Via delle Belle Donne. Venus and Bacchus together, are known to generate many things.

It is precisely in via delle Belle Donne that one of the most unique buchette del vino (niches on buildings where wine was sold in the street) is located. In the 16th century, the Florentine families who owned large vineyards had surpluses that they were unable to sell. This was the reason why they asked the Signoria (government) if they could open some little doors, bucchette (little holes) the side of the entrance to the palazzo cittadino (city building), directly connected to the wine cellars where the wine barrels were kept. From there, they could sell the wine directly to passers-by. Still today, the little hole in Via delle Belle Donne, located on the corner of Via della Spada, has a commemorative plaque showing the opening hours of the wine cellar.

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  • Progetto finanziato a valere sui fondi Legge n. 77 del 20 febbraio 2006 “Misure speciali di tutela e fruizione dei siti italiani di interesse culturale, paesaggistico e ambientale, inseriti nella “lista del patrimonio mondiale”, posti sotto la tutela dell’UNESCO”