Florence, Italy, famous in Assassin’s Creed
I was reading the Assassin’s Creed book, “Renaissance” when Ezio Auditore da Firenze was introduced. Tragedy struck his family when he was just twenty years old. His father and two brothers were hanged by the Templars on false charges. He had to flee Florence and not return until towards the end of his life. A period of over 30 years. (da Firenze means from Florence).
In case you haven’t read the books before, they also come in Video Games by Ubisoft. They have movie versions of the games/books on Youtube (without the gaming parts).
Assassin’s Creed is a clever mix of fiction, great story telling, actual history with real places like Florence or Milan and real people like Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo de’ Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent’: Italian statesman, 1449-92. The games were created by a team of developers, gamers, historians, graphic designers, etc.
Oliver Bowden wrote the books based on the Ubisoft’s best selling games. AC is one of their most popular franchises with millions of fans. Oliver is a truly gifted story teller. It’s not easy to make up stories based on video games! His story of Ezio’s family makes you feel for this young man. To see his family hanged. His mother in trauma from the shock. Ezio, mother & sister had to flee Florence to avoid capture.
Some people question whether playing video games is a good idea or a waste of time. I believe the answer can be Yes and wrote about it here on LinkedIn.
The above photo of Florence is from Endlessitaly – Special Deals – Must see Tuscany & Florence
Setting AC in Italy with Leonardo da Vinci based in Florence and then Milan, gave many people like the fans, warm feelings about Italy. Ezio was famous for being one of the most popular characters in AC. He became the Mentor, Master Assassin.
Coincidentally I found a post about the Medici Fortress on LinkedIn by Francesca Rossato. Lorenzo de’ Medici was mentioned in the above book. The Medici fortress may well have inspired many of the battle scenes in the book/games.
Florence and Tuscany is definitely on my list of places to visit soon!
Live Long & Prosper. Peace.