Florence 04

Florence Episode 04 Dante

Dante’s life, love and literature, plus where to find him in today’s Florence.

Discover the many places in Florence with connections to Dante and learn about his life in politics, his unrequited love for Beatrice, his travels and his eventual exile. Hear extracts from some of his well-known works, especially the ‘Divine Comedy’, the epic poem which is known as one of the foundations of European literature. Written not in Latin, but in the Tuscan dialect, yet enjoyed all over Italy and far beyond, it is viewed as the work which helped establish the spoken form of language as a suitable vehicle for literature and led to the development of the Italian language as we know it today.