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Heaven and Hell

The Florence of Dante Alighieri

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This tour is based partly on Chris Dobson’s forthcoming book about Dante’s Florence. Starting at the Bargello, and passing through the oldest and narrowest streets of the city, we travel back in time to a Florence very different from the city of today, the city that for Dante was both Heaven and Hell, and from which ultimately he was exiled. We view the earliest known portrait of the poet, painted shortly after his death, and visit the church where Dante’s beloved Beatrice is buried. From there we go to the building which Dante called “my fair San Giovanni”, and which he knew very well: the Baptistry, which served Florence both as a church and a seat of government. It was as a representative of the Government that Dante left Florence for Rome in 1300, never to return, and the final section of the tour deals with the deep political divisions that tore Florence apart in open violence, and which led directly to Dante’s exile. We conclude at the Ponte Vecchio, scene of one of the most infamous episodes in the history of Florence, and which Dante put into his Divine Comedy as the personification of the terrible divisions that racked the city in the Middle Ages: the murder of the young Buondelmonte de’ Buondelmonti, beneath a statue that cast a terrible curse over the city of Florence.

Heaven and Hell
The Florence of Dante Alighieri
Tour code: Florence 6
For groups of max 4 people: £455 per group.
For groups of 5-10 people: £99 per person.
Duration approx 3hrs. Maximum number of participants 10
Included: Visits to Palazzo del Bargello (exterior), Palazzo dell’Arte dei Giudici e Notai, the Church of Santa Margherita de’ Cerchi, Baptistry of San Giovanni and the Ponte Vecchio (all entrance tickets included). The tour will be led by Art Historian Chris Dobson.
Artists covered: Dante Alighieri.
Meeting point: inside the Bar la Badia opposite the Bargello, in Via del Proconsolo.

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