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Dante and us. Seven centuries later, he is still here, and not only in our libraries or in our, often not too benevolent, memories as students who had to learn his words by heart.
His works have retained the ability to excite and interpret us, and this is especially true in Florence, the city where he lived and from which he drew much of his wealth of artistic and human experience.
In this section, we rediscover traces of Dante and his life through a critical and reflexive look at the places of our everyday life. Often these places fail to deign our attention or are treated as simple background. We’re talking about urban routes that are an invitation to see our city in a new light, either as residents or as tourists or as fleeting travellers just passing through.
Dante knew how to observe with equal sagacity heaven and earth, the material and immaterial, the least and the absolute. We are trying, in our own small way, to do the same. To look around us with a critical and conscious eye.

Dante and his Florence

Florence: a place of love and pain for Dante

In the Divine Comedy, Florence is a recurring image because it was Dante’s beloved birthplace, which he was forced to exile for political reasons. And even though the events of history deigned he be buried in Ravenna, his link with Florence remains indissoluble.
We feel it every time we walk through the streets of the city centre. We find him in the Casa di Dante, where he spent his childhood and adolescence; in his "beautiful San Giovanni" where he was baptised on 26 March 1266; in the small church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, the symbol of his love for Beatrice; in the Torre della Castagna where he carried out his political role as Prior of Florence with passion.
So although we cannot honour his mortal remains, we Florentines are consoled because everything in our city speaks of him.

Source: Società Dantesca  Casa di Dante

Florence of the guilds and trades

A journey past the towers, streets and vestiges of the old factories to find out what's left of 'pre-Renaissance' Florence. A city seething with interests and passion, a medieval city where the struggle between political factions inevitably reflected the tangle of social tensions with the irresistible rise of the merchant classes and trade guilds eager to liquidate the old feudal privileges, but already caught up, in turn, in the rebellion of the 'common people'.

For more information: Museo Casa di Dante - Tour di Firenze

Guelfi and Ghibellini

A tiptoe trip into the bloody political feud that broke the beautiful city of Florence in two in 1200 (Divine Comedy, Inferno XXVI)

Museo Casa di Dante - Tour di Firenze

"Born was I, and grew up In the great town on the fair river of Arno”

Florence of the Divine Comedy reconstructed through tombstone inscriptions with Dante quotes to help us to understand how Dante read and interpreted the city and how he repeatedly used it in his dizzying spiritual, theological and literary architecture. In doing so he elevated it to the rank of universal archetype, where its urban dimension takes the form of a spiritual path where the feet and the soul follow the same rhythm.

Map of the tombstones on Google Earth 
From a project by the Istituto comprensivo Poliziano