Dante’s Romagna: “Divine Comedy” Tour

Celebrating 700 years since the Dante Alighieri’s death, the Hotel Adlon has decided to honour him with three dedicated tours.

Not everyone knows that Romagna was an important source of inspiration for Dante’s greatest work, the “Divine Comedy”.

It was also his last home, a place of refuge and comfort, where the writer was able to conclude his major work and where he died (in Ravenna) during the night between 13 and 14 September 1321.

 

One day tour – GRADARA / FIORENZUOLA / MONDAINO

Love, that exempts no one beloved from loving,

seized me with pleasure of this man so strongly,

that, as thou seest, it doth not yet desert me

(Inferno, Canto V)

We begin our tours by paying homage to the famous, tragic love between Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Polenta. We will therefore visit Gradara Castle, the setting for this forbidden love. Then we will head towards Fiorenzuola, where Dante was a guest in the house of the town baker His verses about the ancient village cite the strong wind that pushed the ships towards the coast, so much so that offerings and prayers were needed to save them from storms and the raging sea. Finally, we will conclude the day in Mondaino with its Malatesta Fortress.

 

 

One day tour – RIMINI AND VERUCCHIO

Verrucchio’s ancient Mastiff and the new,

who made such bad disposal of Montagna,

where they are wont make wimbles of their teeth.

(Inferno, Canto XXVII)

We decided to dedicate the second tour to the Malatesta family who appear several times in Dante’s Inferno. Rimini takes us on a visit to the wonderful historic centre surrounded by ancient medieval walls, the Arch of Augustus, Piazza Tre Martiri, Ponte di Tiberio, up to the Malatesta Temple and Castel Sismondo. We then move on to Verucchio, considered the “Cradle of the Malatesta” with its imposing fortress and the Civic Archaeological Museum.

 

 

One day tour – RAVENNA

Ravenna stands as it long years has stood:

the Eagle of Polenta there is brooding

so that she covers Cervia with her vans.

(Inferno, Canto XXVII)

We conclude our tour in Ravenna with a visit to Dante’s Tomb, to the Quadrarco di Braccioforte, where in 1865 Dante’s remains were found and then on to the Basilica of San Francesco where his funeral was held.

 

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