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In the footsteps of Dante in Casentino

Discover the places that inspired Dante, the natural beauties that comforted his soul during his exile from his beloved Florence. Let's follow Dante's footsteps in the Casentino through the cantos of the Divine Comedy.

Inferno

Romena Castle

There is Romena, where I counterfeited ⁠The currency imprinted with the Baptist, ⁠For which I left my body burned above. ⁠75 But if I here could see the tristful soul

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The streams of the Valley

The rivulets, that from the verdant hills ⁠Of Cassentin descend down into Arno, ⁠Making their channels to be cold and moist, Inferno, canto XXX (64-66) Dante, like many other great

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Poppi Castle

During his exile, Dante Alighieri is said to have been a guest of the Counts Guidi at the castle of Poppi, where he composed the XXXIII canto of the Inferno.

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Purgatorio

Plain of Campaldino

And I to him: “What violence or what chance    Led thee astray so far from Campaldino,    That never has thy sepulture been known?” “Oh,” he replied, “at Casentino’s foot    A

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Hermitage of Camaldoli

“Oh,” he replied, “at Casentino’s foot    A river crosses named Archiano, born    Above the Hermitage in Apennine. Purgatorio, canto V (96)   The Hermitage is that of Camaldoli, founded by

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Pratomagno

Thereafter, when the day was spent, the valley From Pratomagno to the great yoke covered With fog, and made the heaven above intent,  Purgatorio, Canto V (115–117)   This massif,

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Ortignano Raggiolo

There was imploring with his hands outstretched Frederick Novello, and that one of Pisa Who made the good Marzucco seem so strong. Purgatorio, canto VI (16-18)   The village of

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Capo d’Arno

And I: “Through midst of Tuscany there wanders    A streamlet that is born in Falterona,    And not a hundred miles of course suffice it; From thereupon do I this body

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Subbiano

Curs findeth it thereafter, coming downward, More snarling than their puissance demands, And turns from them disdainfully its muzzle. Purgatorio, canto XIV  (46-48)   In the village of Subbiano the

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Porciano Castle

Dante, during his exile from his beloved Florence, was once again a guest of the Counts Guidi at the Porciano Castle in the municipality of Pratovecchio Stia. It is said

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Paradise

Hermitage of Camaldoli

“Here is Macarius, here is Romualdus,    Here are my brethren, who within the cloisters    Their footsteps stayed and kept a steadfast heart”. Paradiso,  canto XXII (51)   Camaldoli, home to

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Sanctuary of La Verna

On the rude rock ‘twixt Tiber and the Arno    From Christ did he receive the final seal,    Which during two whole years his members bore. Paradiso, canto XI (106 –

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