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ART + CULTURE

Dante and Beatrice: an eternal love story

In a small corridor in the grand Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of Florentine government since its first stone was laid in 1299, a carved mask stands before a background of ...

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Felice Limosani’s ‘Dante: The Eternal Poet’ at Santa Croce

New life is brought to Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the Supreme Poet's death.

ART + CULTURE

The Divine Comedy in sculpture: Timothy Schmalz

Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz is the creative force behind an engaging and dramatic upcoming exhibition at the Badia Fiorentina. The 100 cantos of Dante Alighieri’s much-loved masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, ...

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Dante in Tuscany: Casentino and Pisa

Baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante, the Florentine poet, writer and philosopher stayed true to his Tuscan identity throughout his years spent in ...

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Speaking Dante: a 24-hour live reading marathon

To mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, Milan-based theatre producer Julia Holden, in collaboration with award-winning UK playwright Justin Butcher, is curating a 24-hour marathon live reading in Florence ...

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Dive into Dante this summer

If beach days seem eternal and you’re craving culture this summer, then take a deep dive into Dante as celebrations for the Supreme Poet continue with top-class exhibitions and even ...

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Events to mark Dantedì on March 25

This March 25 marks the second annual celebration of Dantedì, the day dedicated to Dante Alighieri. Made all the more significant given the 700th year anniversary celebrations, the 13th-century Florentine ...

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Dario Cecchini on Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’

For many visitors to Tuscany, their first taste of Dante’s verses came with their first taste of bistecca alla Fiorentina, crowded around the boisterous restaurant tables of local butcher Dario ...

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Canto per canto: Conversations with Dante in our time

To mark the septcentennial of Dante Alighieri’s death, the Dante Society of America is spearheading an ambitious podcast series that highlights the myriad ways in which the ‘Divine Comedy’ continues ...

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Dante and the Lunigiana

Thirteenth- and fourteenth-century travellers to the Lunigiana were obliged to pay a toll to the Luni church or the Malaspina marquises, who owned castles on the hills above the river ...

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Giuseppe Penone’s Spruce sculpture in piazza della Signoria

  A sculptural spruce stands more than 22 metres high in piazza della Signoria, its metallic branches stretching up into the sky. The installation by Piedmontese artist Giuseppe Penone is ...

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Best Dante books: a deep dive into the medieval poet

T.S. Eliot famously said, “Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third.” While Dante is still rigorously read in Italian schools, most English-speaking countries limit themselves to a ...

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If Dante were here now: a self-guided tour of Florence

Retracing Dante’s steps means setting off on a unique journey into the art, history, culture and spirituality of Florence in the mid-1300s. In this self-guided tour of Dante’s Florence, we ...

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The power of Puccini: Gianni Schicchi and Dante

It was a grey wintry afternoon in a 1980s Montreal. The snow was piled high and the streets had developed a dirty sludge, but there, on a street called Sherbrooke, ...

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Celebrating Dante in 2021: events in Florence

Cultural institutions all over Florence come together to celebrate Dante Alighieri’s 700th anniversary in 2021. The calendar of events was presented at Palazzo Vecchio this week with Italian culture minister ...

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Major Dante exhibition in Forlì in 2021

The Uffizi is providing Dante-centric artworks for the major exhibition Dante. The Vision of Art held in Forlì from March 12 to July 4, 2021.         The ...

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Discovering Dante and the dark side of Florence

Take a wander through the Medieval Florence of The Divine Comedy. With March 25 declared Dante Day in advance of the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, we’re ...

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Dante: the battle of the bones

Relations between Florence and Ravenna have been somewhat strained for, believe it or not, seven centuries. The reason is because one of Florence’s most illustrious native sons, Dante Alighieri, is ...

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The Dante statue

On November 4, 1966, as the flood waters lapped about the base of his statue, almost reaching his slippered toes, the poet, writer and politician Dante Alighieri, considered the father of the Italian language, looked gloomily down from its pedestal in the middle of Piazza Santa Croce, where he then

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