Because Dante is so important to Italy, Italian, and literature, it was important to me to go and visit the Dante Museum here in Florence. It is more of a museum about the times in which he lived, but it is interesting and informative nonetheless.
The Chiesa di Santa Margherita dei Cerchi near the Dante Museum where he may have married his wife and where he first saw his beloved Beatrice, whose family has their tombs there.
Dante was in the Arte dei Medici e Speziali guild (the guilds were housed in Orsanmichele).
The making of a ring with the Dante family arms.
A miniature battle scene.
The smallest legible version of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Close-ups of the artwork.
Children’s versions of Dante’s Comedy (if you want to give your kids nightmares).
Even the plants in the museum are reminiscent of hands reaching up from the depths of hell.
In Verona, lines from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet dominate the city walls — In Florence you can see lines from Dante’s Divine Comedy as well as some streets named for it.