Dante's Florence (3 Hours )

Florence, Italy

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 A.D. He is widely accepted as the first author who wrote in the everyday vernacular that soon evolved into modern Italian, as well as the creation of Italy's most enduring literary work. The Divine Comedy, a poem comprised of three separate volumes, details a journey in the afterlife through L'inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise), and is as much a historical chronicle as it is a literary achievement. Written entirely after Dante's 1301 exile from the city of Florence, The Divine Comedy is a window into nearly every aspect of medieval history, theology, politics, art and culture; in particular as it relates to Florence.

During the course of this three-hour walk, we will follow Dante's path through the city, exploring the places and characters that inspired his masterpiece. Thus, this seminar is designed to explore both the life of Dante Alighieri as a historical figure and The Divine Comedy as a work of fiction where Florence as a city plays a central role. We usually begin at the Baptistery, where Dante himself was baptized and where he later took inspiration for writing his L'inferno from the Biblical mosaics depicting the Last Judgment. We will move from here to Dante's neighborhood, deep in the heart of medieval Florence, where we will find Dante's home and his local church where he was to encounter Beatrice, his beloved muse and spiritual guide for whom he wrote The Divine Comedy.

Along the way, we will see where Dante's enemies lived and we will explore the innumerable locations tucked away; corners, side streets and piazzas where many of Dante's characters came to life. We will also visit Palazzo della Lana, important during Dante's time, as the location of the Wool Guild, but what today serves as The Dante Society meeting place and the Dante Library where scholars from all over the world come to continue to study his over 700 year-old poem.

Our docent for this walk will be a scholar of Italian literature and will be able to craft a dialogue in which we can explore the recurring themes which are reflected in the work of Dante and how these themes have remained in the Florentine psyche.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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