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Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri

Poet, writer and politician

At the end of the thirteenth century, Guido Novello, the Lord of the city, invited Dante to Ravenna. He finished the Paradise here, and then died of malaria on September 13, 1321. His mortal remains are now cherished by the small Neoclassical tomb that was designed by Camillo Morigia at the end of the eighteenth century. Before that, they had been cherished by Franciscan Friars for many centuries, who had protected them against Florentine outsiders inside the walls of their monastery.

Visitors will have the possibility to visit plenty of beautiful places that are linked to Dante, such as the Basilica of San Francesco, (that was totally rebuilt around the year 1000), whose crypt under the high altar, that is totally invaded by water, cherishes precious fragments of mosaics dating back to the original V-century church, the House of Francesca, that was celebrated by Canto V of the Inferno and the medieval Church of Santa Chiara, the current Teatro Rasi, whose splendid frescoes are currently displayed at the National Museum. September is dedicated to plenty of celebrations revolving around Dante: On the second Sunday of the month, the Basilica of San Francesco is home to the historic ceremony of the oil, that is offered by Florence to fuel the funerary lamp on Dante's tomb.

 

Facts

  • Florence 1265 - Ravenna, September 14, 1321
  • March 26, 1266 was baptized on Holy Saturday
  • 5 years old when lost her mother
  • 9 years old when fell in love with Beatrice Portinari
  • 12 years old was planned his marriage 
  • 20 years old when married Gemma Donati
  • 1302 sentenced to exile
  • 2 euro the coin which depicts Dante 
  • 9 literary works
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