It's been ten months since this hit the table, so I was especially pleased to play it again.
Here's my summary from last time: "The epitome of the dry soulless Euro with a pasted-on theme, The Princes of Florence is actually a tight game in which you have 7 rounds to build a tableau of buildings, landscapes and special abilities in order to complete 'works' (i.e. objectives). Each round consists of a simple auction followed by 2 actions each, and you need to balance a long term strategy with short term opportunities for quick wins. Player interaction comes from the auctions and keeping an eye on what the other players are building, because if you are building similar stuff then you can potentially benefit from their completed works."
This was a much closer game than last time, with us all within a few points of each other for most of the game. However in the final round I managed to get a bonus card which put my completed work ahead of the rest (for bonus points) AND a Prestige card (end game bonus) which won me the game.
Final score: David 57, Alan 54, Hugh 51, Stuart 49
It all came down to my last turn, in fact the last turn of the game. If I got back to the sub, I would claim two deep sea tiles, probably worth 25-30 points. The only thing that would stop me is if I rolled a double-one...
Final scores: Stuart 42, Annie 26, David 18, Hugh 16, Alan 9