Ravenna – Dante

In 1319, Dante moved to the Adriatic seaside town of Ravenna, where he completed Paradiso, the final volume of the Divine Comedy.

In 1321, Dante travelled to Venice on an ambassadorial mission and returned to Ravenna seriously ill, possibly of malaria. In September he died and was buried in the church of San Francesco. But he didn’t rest in peace because over the subsequent centuries, his remains were moved several times.

In the 16th century Pope Leo X decided to move Dante’s remains to Florence, but the Franciscan monks in Ravenna had different ideas and hid his remains. Then in the 18th century his body was moved to a neo-classical tomb near San Francesco. During the Second World War there were concerns that Dante’s tomb might be damaged by bombing, so he was moved again. After the war he was re-installed in the tomb, where he remains to this day.

Dante Tomb Ravenna


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