700 years has passed since Mr Dante Alighieri's departure, but its fame is incoparable.
His most famous work - The Divine Comedy - has been translated in 58 different languages, including country from Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
Enferno, Purgatory and Heaven are famous all over the world, and some of TERZINE too, but what do you know about Dante's life?
He was born in Florence in 1265 (before Medici family and Renaissance came) and he dies in Ravenna in 1321 (the city of bysanthium mosaics) but during his life he spent many times in different cities of Italy.
He travelled a lot, at the beginning in the area around Florence, the little village of Lastra - close to Pisa, city of leaning tower, and San Gimignano, the city of 100 towers.
Later, due to his exile from Florence, he was forced to travel and move more and more. Int his way he had the chance to live in many different places, such as Rome, the eternal city, the city of the Pope and at that time Bonifacio VII was in charge.
After Rome was the time for Forlì, an important town - at that time - famous for its historical roman streets and - now-a-days - all well known for renaissance buildings.
Later he arrived in Bologna, the city of the oldest University in the whole world, placed in Emilia Romagna Region which is famous for Lambrusco wine, Parmisan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and tons of motor brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, Pagani.
After that he needed to move again and he landed in Veneto Region, the land of Venice, the one and only city of Venice.
First of all Padua, the city of "the grass without grass, the cafè without doors, the Saint without name" and later in Treviso, the city of Tiramisu, city of Radicchio red salad, city of Prosecco wine and where one of Dante's son is buried, in San Francis's church.
Step by step, it was time for Lunigiana, a beautiful area among Liguria Region and Tuscan Region, across river Magra and later for Casentino, a valley close to Arezzo, where Arno River takes its origin , same river which pass through Florence, finally ready for Lucca.
Lucca is really similar to Treviso: a roman city, surrounded by medieval wall, with a renaissance allure, and now-a-days really well know for Lucca Comics Festival, as well as Treviso and its Treviso Comics Festival.
After a brief stay in Paris (oh yes, in France!), Dante returned in Italy, exactly in Veneto Region again, In Verona, not only the city of Romeo and Juliet and Mr William Shakespeare.
From Verona, it's a short step to reach the magnificent city of Venice, and the worderful life of Doge - the king of Venice, at that time - and astonishing party in this unique town, before moving for the very last time in Ravenna.
Ravenna, once again in Emilia Romagna Region, as well as Venice, is one of the UNESCO site of Italy. Ravenna is really famous for Paleochristian mosaics dated back V-VI century A.D., where he died and where he was buried.
All this places are full of interests not only for Dante's lovers, but also for any Italy's lovers, because any of this town, any of this area has something interesting to visit, both for ancient ruins or for historical buildings or for modern festivals.
And there's also another oppotunity related to Dante, but interesting for all nature's lovers: there's a fantastic walk among city of Florence and Dante's Museum and city of Ravenna and Dante's tomb, through the Apennines mounts.
Its name is "Dante's walk" and it has 2 different lenght: 370 km /230 mi for the first path, 380 km /236 mi for the second path, submerged in nature, visiting some good towns and villages along the way, some of them related to Divine Comedy, some others to Dante's life, and last but not least, nourishing yourself with genuine Italian cuisine. A real adventure for your body and your spirit. A good way to come in touch with Dante Alighieri and don't forget its Genius and its precious work.
Francesca, in Florence