Visiting Dante’s tomb in Ravenna

Ravenna is the capital city of the Provence of Ravenna in the Emilia Romagna Region of Italy. Dante Alighieri, statesman, poet and father of the Italian language is buried in a mausoleum in the centre of Ravenna.

When I lived in Holland, Rotterdam, I was board member of the Società Dante Alighieri in Rotterdam. I am still involved with the society Dante Alighieri. I went to Dante’s schools in Italy and in Holland to learn the Italian language. Besides Italian courses they organise concerts, dinners, conferences, evenings and so on.  If you love Italy and you want to learn Italian, Dante Alighieri’s school is the right place to be and is active in many places in Italy and also abroad!

I participated in the half marathon of Ravenna last weekend, but I really wanted to visit the mausoleum of Dante…

Here’s a  short introduction about Dante Alighieri:

Dante was born around 1265 into a Florentine family. When he was nine years old he fell in love with Bice. She later became the wife of Simone de’ Bardi while Dante married Gemma Donati. Bice was the model for Beatrice who featured in much of Dante’s early love poetry and was also his guide in the final volume of The Divine Comedy – Paradiso.

From 1295 Dante became active in the political life of Florence and became a member of the White Guelf party. While he was in Rome negotiating with Pope Boniface VIII,  the Black Guelfs seized power and Dante was condemned to exile.

While living in Ravenna Dante began writing The Divine Comedy. He completed it shortly before his death in 1321. The poem was made up of three separate volumes: InfernoPurgatorio and Paradiso.

In the centuries that followed, Florence repeatedly asked for the return of Dante’s body, but to this date Ravenna’s citizens refuse to return him to the city that had exiled him.

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-posted by Sylvia van der Male-

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