Philip was born to an aristocratic family in Florence in 1233. He studied at universities in Paris and Padua, where he then worked as a physician. After his religious vision, he joined the Order of Servites, became a priest, was elected prior-general of the order and codified the Servite rules. In the year of 1268, he was chosen as a potential papal candidate but refused it. He died in 1285 and was canonized in 1671.