Loda di Dio vera,' Dante called Beatrice in the Divine Comedy: ‘True glory of God.' Dante Alighieri wrote about Beatrice Portinari as his divine inspiration; if you have ever felt inspired to write to Beatrice, you will be happy to know that there is a way for you to write to her and leave her your letter.
The Church of Dante, on tiny via Santa Margherita, just off via del Corso, is documented as early as 1032. It was the place of worship of several prominent Florentine families, including the Donati, the Adimari, the Cerchi, and the Portinari, the family to which Dante's Beatrice belonged.
Today, the ancient church is much more than the place where these historic families attended mass. The warm and pleasant little church calls out to anyone who loved someone he or she could not reach out to, it invites anyone who read Dante's masterpiece, inspired by the celestial and beautiful figure of Beatrice. ‘Dante's Church is atypical from other churches in Florence with its focus on the love between Dante and Beatrice, unrequited as it was,' commented Gabriela Barnett, a junior studying at Syracuse University in Florence. ‘It provides a special church for people in love.'