Let’s start this itinerary from the end. Here, we are in front of Dante’s Tomb, a little building created at the end of the 18th century by famous local architect Camillo Morigia, who also created other constructions in Ravenna, like the suggestive façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Porto.
It’s a little corner of peace and respect in the medieval heart of the city, shadowed by the big logs of a nearby tree and animated by the whispers of the loads of tourists that every day come here to pay homage to the great Poet.
If you look inside, you will be enraptured by the big Renessaince bass-relief (1483) that depicts Dante absorbed in the reading, made by sculptor Pietro Lombardi (the same who realised the famous Statue of Guidarello, just to be clear) and an 18th-century torch, lit by the Oil of Tuscan Olive trees, given every year, on every second Sunday of September, by the Municipality of Florence to homage Dante’s memory.
On one side, a little garden emerges, building a unique complex with Dante’s Tomb. It is known as Quadrarco di Braccioforte and it is an ancient oratory that, at Dante’s times, should have been connected to the nearby Basilica of San Francesco, which has been the focus of a series of stories related to the remains of the Supreme Poet.
Now, it hosts two huge marble sarcophagi of Roman times and a little Belltower that, at sunset, plays thirteen tolls, reminding the famous tercets, a structure-element of Dante’s work.