Issue 276, March 2021 – 700 Dante special


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This issue of The Florentine celebrates Florence’s Supreme Poet ahead of Dantedì on March 25, the date when Dante is believed to have started writing his ‘Divine Comedy’ and the date that the Italian government has dedicated to the writer as a symbol of Italian culture worldwide. For Eugenio Giani, president of the Tuscany Region, Dante is the “cultural father of all of Tuscany” as well as a “friend… a familiar presence even to those who haven’t studied literature”, while for Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, “Dante will be our most powerful driving force for rebirth”. (You can read these institutional greetings on page 12 in the magazine.)

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700 Dante special:

Starting afresh with Dante (Eugenio Giani)

Reconciliation and rebirth (Dario Nardella)

Best Dante reads: a deep dive into the medieval poet (Alexandra Lawrence)

If Dante were here now: a self-guided tour of Florence (Helen Farrell for Toscana Promozione Turistica)

Conversations with Dante in our time (Christine Contrada)

New life + lifelong love: illustrations by Leo Cardini

Gianni Schicchi, Dante and Florence (Hershey Felder)

Make like Dante: all you need to write something epic (Jane Farrell, advertising for local businesses generously gifted by The Florentine readers David Bach and Alatia Bradley Bach)

Artisan Quarter: our dream to revive the Oltrarno in 2021 (Kris Garland)

Dante and the Lunigiana (Margreta Moss)

Dante and Dario Cecchini, the poet-butcher’s thoughts in 2021 (Marisa Garreffa)


Additional content this March:

Letter to the editor: About Brexit (Ann Alexander)

Picturing community from afar: Lithuanians in Tuscany (Alexandra Korey)

The New Alinari (Alexandra Korey)

Santa Maria Novella lunettes restored

Frescoes discovered in Casa Martelli

Talk of the town: a new wave of podcasts (Jade Cheli)

The future of Florence (Simon Gammell)

Best events this March (Jane Farrell)

Obstinate resonance:
 YGBI research residency at Numeroventi (a column by Black History Month Florence)

Wheeler-dealing: scootering around Florence (Harry Cochrane)

Wine on tap: a love letter to vino sfuso (Phoebe Hunt)

A slice of Torta della Nonna, a new cookbook by Emiko Davies

At the pub, when we could, with composer Benson Taylor (Helen Farrell)

D.H. Lawrence and the Florentine critters + ‘My Sweet Fiorenza’, a poem (Isobel Dixon + illustration by Douglas Robertson)

Italian Sketches: Elvira Gemignani Puccini (Deirdre Pirro)

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