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Florentine Fiasco was a virtual representation of one of Ezio Auditore da Firenze's genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus.


Ezio Auditore navigated through an uncommonly confused crowd to a bridge, in order to meet and discuss matters with Niccolò Machiavelli. They met in the Oltrarno district of Florence and discussed the current events in the city, as well as the rule of Girolamo Savonarola. The pair then made their way to the Palazzo Pitti, where they saw Florentine and Borgia guards fighting in the streets, before they quickly came up with a plan to topple Savonarola's tyranny.


Florentine Fiasco 1

Ezio entering the city

Ezio hurried through Florence to meet with Machiavelli at the Oltarno bridge. As he made his way through the city, he overheard bits and pieces of civilian conversations.

  • Civilian 1: ...If Piero had only a tenth of his father's talent, we'd still have someplace to call home...
  • Civilian 2: ...Never should have welcomed that mad monk into the city. Look at all the misery he's wrought...
  • Civilian 3: ...Don't understand why they'd be so willing to accept his oppression...
  • Monk: ...Just threw us out! Said all we owned belonged to the Chiesa di San Marco (Church of San Marco) now...
  • Civilian 4: ...Even Botticelli sides with that monster. It's sorcery! How else to explain it...
  • Civilian 5: ...Book burnings, arrests, incessant sermonizing. Firenze was meant to stand as a beacon against such ignorance, and yet here we are, mired in it once more...
  • Civilian 6: Sometimes I wish the Assassino (Assassin) would return to Firenze, that we might be free of this tyranny.
  • Civilian 7: It's just a myth! A story parents tell their children.
  • Civilian 6: No, my father saw him years ago- San Gimignano.
  • Civilian 7: Sure. Sure. Se lo dici tu (If you say so.)
Florentine Fiasco 2

Ezio and Machiavelli on the Oltrarno bridge

Ezio met Machiavelli on the Oltrarno bridge.

  • Machiavelli: Salve (Hello) Ezio. You picked a fine time for a homecoming.
  • Ezio: Then it's true? Savonarola has taken control over Firenze?
  • Machiavelli: Yes. No doubt aided by that treacherous artifact.
  • Ezio: We should get to work on retrieving it.
  • Machiavelli: That may be more complicated than you think.
  • Ezio: Hah! When isn't it? Why don't you fill me in on things?
  • Machiavelli: Walk with me.

Ezio and Machiavelli began to walk together.

  • Machiavelli: It all started a few weeks ago. The man everyone once reviled was suddenly the one they worshiped.
  • Ezio: Ah, the Apple?
Florentine Fiasco 3

Ezio and Machiavelli walking past a group of dead Borgia guards

  • Machiavelli: Only in part. It's not the city he's enthralled, but its leaders: men possessed of influence and power. They, in turn, oppress the citizens and ensure his will is done.
  • Ezio: The people act as if they have no say in the matter.
  • Machiavelli: Rare is the man who is willing to oppose the status quo. And so it falls to us to help them see the truth.

Ezio and Machiavelli came across the bodies of several dead Borgia soldiers.

  • Ezio: These bodies bear the emblem of the Borgia...
  • Machiavelli: Yes. The Spaniard keeps sending his soldiers into Firenze, and Firenze keeps sending them back – usually in pieces.
  • Ezio: Then he knows the Apple is here as well... An unfortunate complication.

Ezio and Machiavelli continued on their way to the Palazzo Pitti, however, they soon encountered some opposition. As Ezio and Machiavelli dealt with the attackers swiftly, they arrived at the Palazzo Pitti shortly after.

Florentine Fiasco 6

Machiavelli explaining the plan

  • Ezio: A direct assault would be dangerous. Especially with the Apple in his possession.
  • Machiavelli: True. But what other option is there?
  • Ezio: Aside from the city's leaders, the people's minds are their own, correct?
  • Machiavelli: Sì.
  • Ezio: And they follow Savonarola not by choice, but force and fear?
  • Machiavelli: Sì.
  • Ezio: Then I propose we use this to our advantage. If we can silence his lieutenants and stir up discontent, he will be distracted and I will have a chance to strike.
  • Machiavelli: Clever. I'll speak with La Volpe and Paola. They can help to organize the uprising as you free districts.
  • Ezio: Then it's settled. I'll take care of his abettors.


Ezio and Machiavelli devised a plan to overthrow Savonarola, which involved killing his nine lieutenants and rallying the people with the help of Paola and La Volpe.



Assassin's Creed II memories
Main memories
The Birth of an Assassin
Sequence 1: Ignorance is Bliss
Boys Will Be Boys - You Should See the Other Guy - Sibling Rivalry - Nightcap - Paperboy - Beat a Cheat - Petruccio's Secret - Friend of the Family - Special Delivery - Jailbird - Family Heirloom - Last Man Standing
Sequence 2: Escape Plans
Fitting In - Ace Up My Sleeve - Judge, Jury, Executioner - Laying Low - Arrivederci
Sequence 3: Requiescat in Pace
Roadside Assistance - Casa Dolce Casa - Practice Makes Perfect - What Goes Around - A Change of Plans
Sequence 4: The Pazzi Conspiracy
Practice What You Preach - Fox Hunt - See You There - Novella's Secret - Wolves in Sheep's Clothing - Farewell Francesco
Sequence 5: Loose Ends
Four to the Floor - A Blade With Bite - Evasive Maneuvers - Town Crier - Behind Closed Doors - Come Out and Play - The Cowl Does Not Make the Monk - With Friends Like These
Sequence 6: Rocky Road
Road Trip - Romagna Holiday - Tutti a Bordo
Sequence 7: The Merchant of Venice
Benvenuto - That's Gonna Leave a Mark - Building Blocks - Breakout - Clothes Make the Man - Cleaning House - Monkey See, Monkey Do - By Leaps and Bounds - Everything Must Go
Sequence 8: Necessity, Mother of Invention
Birds of a Feather - If At First You Don't Succeed... - Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained - Well Begun Is Half Done - Infrequent Flier
Sequence 9: Carnevale
Knowledge Is Power - Damsels in Distress - Nun the Wiser - And They're Off - CTF - Ribbon Round-Up - Cheaters Never Prosper - Having a Blast
Sequence 10: Force Majeure
An Unpleasant Turn of Events - Caged Fighter - Leave No Man Behind - Assume the Position - Two Birds, One Blade
Sequence 11: Alter Egos
All Things Come to He Who Waits - Play Along
Sequence 12: Forlì Under Attack
A Warm Welcome - Bodyguard - Holding the Fort - Godfather - Checcomate - Far From the Tree
Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities
Florentine Fiasco - Still Life - Climbing the Ranks - Upward Mobility - Last Rites - Port Authority - Surgical Strike - Hitting the Hay - Arch Nemesis - Doomsday - Power to the People - Mob Justice
Sequence 14: Veni, Vidi, Vici
X Marks the Spot - In Bocca al Lupo
Secret locations
Il Duomo's Secret - Torre Grossa's Secret - Ravaldino's Secret - San Marco's Secret - Visitazione's Secret - Home Invasion - Over Beams, Under Stone - Shipwrecked - Paying Respects
Beat up events
A Woman Scorned - Wanton Hubby - Philanderer on the Roof - Promiscuity Knocks - Spear of Infidelity
San Gimignano Dash - Florentine Sprint - Romagna Hustle - Venetian Rush - San Marco Scuttle - Horseplay
Assassination contracts
Day at the Market - Fallen Archers - Political Suicide - Reap What You Sow - Flee Market - Supply in Demand - Beginnings of a Conspiracy - Arch Enemies - Wet Work - Blade in the Crowd - Thicker than Water - Zero Tolerance - Honorable Thief - No Laughing Matter - False Legacy - Don't Get Your Hands Dirty - Showtime - Thin the Ranks - Go Towards the Light - Meeting Adjourned - Needle in a Haystack - Leader of the Pack - Peacekeeper - Caveat Emptor - Vertical Slice - No Camping - Dead on Arrival - Mark and Execute - Crash a Party - Hunting the Hunter
Courier assignments
Wedding Bells are Ringing - The Messenger's Burden - Speedy Delivery - The Perfect Marriage - Casanova