The family was of Guelph part. With the rise to power of Cosimo I, the wealthy banker Bindo Altoviti was openly hostile to him and for this reason suffered the confiscation of property and exile to Rome. Here Bindo helped many famous artists such as Raffaello and Benvenuto Cellini, who portrayed him in their works. His son Antonio was Archbishop of Florence, a very delicate position given the firm opposition of Cosimo I de' Medici who prevented him taking possession of the seat for twenty years. In Florence, at number 18 in Borgo Santi Apostoli existed the family’s main palace, an actual house-fortress, which the Florentines called simply Il Palagio. At Borgo Santi Apostoli several stately buildings belonged to the Altoviti and on the church of the Apostle Saints there is a large carved coat of arms of the family. The arms of the Altoviti is a silver flayed wolf on a black background and refers to a legendary wolf that is said to have saved the head of the family, mauling one of his enemies. Thanks to the offices held of high ranking officials in various cities controlled by Florence, it is easy to see the coat of arms in the praetorian and podestary palaces of Tuscany. In particular you can see it at Cascia, at San Giovanni Valdarno, at Castiglion Fiorentino, at Scarperia, at Arezzo, San Gimignano, Colle Val d'Elsa and at Radda in Chianti. In the area of Fiesole it is often found on buildings of the diocese for bishops who belonged to this family. You are part of a long history and, if you want, you can trace it.