In the ancient times praised by Dante, Florentines dressed in coarse cloth or even in skins. At one moment the Florentine dames wear dresses so low-cut that they display their bodies well below the arm-pits. At another, they suddenly make a jump and conceal themselves in little collars that come up to their ears and gowns as tight as strait-jackets—so tight that they cannot look at their feet. The foundation of a palace for a great family was a public event in Florence. But Tribaldo and his fellow-tradesmen were never at a loss for diversion. They could visit the botanical garden at Careggi, the Medici villa, where many different kinds of trees were growing; and in Florence itself, near the Palazzo, the serraglio or menagerie. The Florentines adored anything witty, astute or farcical, any ingenious ways of getting out of a difficulty.