Dante's Quarter

Italy’s most celebrated poet and a giant of world literature, the author of the Divine Comedy was a native Florentine.

TravelCurious Tip

Be sure to visit the Baptistery of St. John, where Dante was baptised. It is stunning — Dante described it as “my beautiful San Giovanni”

In Dante’s Inferno, the inscription over the gates of Hell reads "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate", most frequently translated as "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” The same cannot be said for delightful Dante’s Quarter in Florence: here Italy pays tribute to its beloved poet, often considered as the founder of modern Italian literature, with museums, streets and galleries.

Home and Away

Dante’s family owned several houses where you can now find the Casa di Dante. This museum is filled with copies of the Divine Comedy, alongside portraits and documents celebrating Dante’s life, divided into three parts: his youth and public life, his painful exile, and his influence over the centuries since. Moreover, this part of Florence has some lovely examples of Medieval architecture, including the Chestnut Tower and the church of San Martino.

Never Cross an Artist

Born in 1265 in Florence, Dante Alighieri was partial to using autobiographical details in his works. In the pages of The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova you will find real people and street names from Medieval Florence. Like any artist worth his salt, he could be a bit catty. When Dante was exiled from Florence after choosing the wrong side in a political clash, his rival Filippo Argenti allegedly helped himself to Dante’s possessions. For his sins he ended up in the river Styx, in the fifth circle of hell, his name smeared to this day.

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Santa Maria del Fiore
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Palazzo Vecchio
The city’s magnificent town hall was first built in 1299, and has seen many different names and uses over its history.
Loggia dei Lanzi
Beloved since the 14th century for its superb arches, the Loggia is today an open-air museum of Renaissance sculpture.
Piazza della Signoria
Overlooked by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi, this square is one of the city’s focal points.
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
Orsanmichele is a church in the Italian city of Florence
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Dan Brown Inferno Tour
Experience Florence just as Robert Langdon and his lovely assistant Sienna Brooks did in Dan Brown’s hit novel Inferno. Explore the fascinating religious and art history this fantastic city has to offer, all with the help of your expert city guide. 

  • Commence your quest in the Boboli Gardens, as Langdon and Sienna did 
  • Sneak your way through secret passageways at the Palazzo Vecchio 
  • Explore Dante's Quarter, including Dante's childhood home and  Santa Margherita dei Cerchi
  • Visit the magnificent Baptistery of St. John
  • Look for clues on the glistening Gates of Paradise 

Bobili Gardens 
Your first destination will be where Langdon and Sienna, start their quest: in the Boboli Gardens, a beautiful renaissance park filled with sculptures, fountains, flowers, tree-lined walkways, and hidden grottoes. From here you will venture on to the Palazzo Vecchio where Langdon and Sienna sneak their way through secret passageways and climb ceiling rafters. 

Dante’s Quarter (the House and Church of Dante)
A short walk will take you on Via Dante Alighieri and right in the midst of Dante’s neighborhood. Langdon heads to the museum gift shop of Dante’s childhood home looking for a copy of Inferno, only to find it closed. He then makes his way to Dante’s church, Santa Margherita dei Cerchi. This beautiful church dates as far back as 1032, and legend has it it’s here where Dante first spied his true love, Beatrice. 

Baptistery of St. John
You will then head over to the ivory-white Baptistry of St. John, one of Florence’s oldest buildings and most magnificent. This is where Langdon finally puts two and two together thanks to the clue: “I [Dante] shall return…at my baptismal font”, and pays a visit to the beautiful font centerpiece. 

You will then look for clues on the glistening Gates of Paradise, that flank the exterior of the Baptistery. These gates comprising quatrefoils with twenty scenes from the life of John the Baptist, are well worth your attention and will be a great talking point among you and your expert city guide.

Travel Curious Tip: Re-read your copy of Inferno before the tour!

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