You will start the itinerary visiting the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. At the time of Dante, the Convent was the seat of the Studium, a school of philosophy and theology among the most important in Europe, attended by the poet. Moreover, in the museum annexed to the church, among the frescoes of the 14th century in the Cappella degli Spagnoli, you will admire one of Dante's portraits preserved in the city.
Following, you will visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni the magnificent and iconic octagonal building located in the center of Duomo's square, called by Dante "my beautiful S.Giovanni". Here was where the poet was baptized in March 1266, like all Florentines until the early '70s.
The tour continues with the visit of Florence's Cathedral where you will admire one of the most famous paintings depicting Dante and the scenarios of his main work, The Divine Comedy by Domenico di Michelino (1465). At the time of Dante, the Cathedral as we know it today was not finished, yet. Part of the old structure can still be visited under the floor of the Duomo.
Going out again on Piazza del Duomo, you will meet a memorial stone called in the Florentine tradition "Il Sasso di Dante" - Dante's Stone, which indicates the spot where the Poet sat when he was alive.
You will proceed the tour visiting the Church of Orsanmichele. In 1280, this was the place where the wheat market was held. In the outdoor loggia, was located a "Madonna with Child" painting, object of adoration by the Florentines, who gathered around it singing religious hymns. It is said that this custom was of inspiration for Dante, that wrote about a group of souls who gathered around the Madonna to sing her praises in one of his Cantos of Paradise.
Visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce, among the famous tombs of illustrious Florentines of the past, you will discover a sepulchre dedicated to Dante. However, the body of the poet does not rest in Florence. This because the Monks from Ravenna, who had it in custody, despite the Papal request did not want to return it to the Florentines.
Your visit will end under the statue of the poet, in Piazza Santa Croce, where your guide will read out some of the most famous tercets of the Poet Dante.
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