Ravenna is mostly famous for its stunning 5th and 6th century mosaics (many in Unesco sites around the city), but it is also considered Dante's city (Dante died in Ravenna) as much as Florence (where Dante was born) is.
Dante is omnipresent in Ravenna, the city where he lived the last years of his life. in 2021 the city celebrated the 700th anniversary of his death with many artistic and cultural initiatives, which are still active today. Also, along the city streets, there are several interactive tags with verses from the Divine Comedy.
When Dante died in Ravenna, in 1321, his tomb was a simple sarcophagus just outside the Church of San Francesco. Then Guido Novello da Polenta, lord of Ravenna, asked for the construction of a chapel just for Dante's Tomb. In 1483, Bernardo Bembo, who ruled the city on account of the Republic of Venice, decided to restore the sarcophagus and commissioned the sculptor a marble bass relief portraying Dante’s face, visible today inside Dante's Mausoleum.
|Dante's Tomb in Ravenna|
|The mausoleum with open doors.|
Near the Tomb there is the Dante Museum and Dante House. The museum features several rooms with multimedia rooms about the Poet's life, legacy, and work (especially the Divine Comedy).
|Our Dante Auckland member Alessandra in one of the multimedia rooms at the Dante Museum in Ravenna|
After touring the Museum you can check out the library (in the same building) which holds everything that has been written by and about Dante, including some very ancient tomes.
Near the Museum, and accessible with the same ticket, there is Casa Dante, hosting art pieces about Dante and the Divine Comedy. This includes a long-term exhibition with some very important works loaned by the Uffizi Galleries in Florence: check out this painting of star crossed lovers Paolo and Francesca!
For more Dante's experiences in Ravenna visit this site https://www.turismo.ra.it/en/follow-your-way/dante-alighieri/