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Ravenna reads Dante

“L’ora che volge il disìo”: Dante Readings in the Silent Zone

Ravenna reads Dante at sunset in the Silent Zone, offering daily readings of the Divine Comedy forever. This tribute celebrates the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.

Dante Alighieri, born in Florence in 1265, was a renowned Italian poet, writer, and philosopher, best known for his epic poem “The Divine Comedy,” which is considered one of the greatest works of world literature. He was involved in the politics of Florence and was a member of the White Guelphs, a faction opposed to papal influence. His political activities led to his exile from Florence in 1302.

During his exile, Dante traveled to various Italian cities, where he continued to write and refine his works. “The Divine Comedy,” composed between 1308 and 1320, is divided into three parts: “Inferno” (Hell), “Purgatorio” (Purgatory), and “Paradiso” (Paradise). The poem explores themes of sin, redemption, and the human condition, and it reflects Dante’s deep knowledge of theology, philosophy, and classical literature.

Dante also wrote other important works, including “La Vita Nuova,” a collection of poems and prose about his idealized love for Beatrice Portinari, and “De Monarchia,” a treatise on secular and religious power.

Dante spent his final years in Ravenna, where he died in 1321. His legacy endures as one of the most influential literary figures in history, often referred to as the “father of the Italian language” due to his significant contributions to the development of Italian literature and language.

A Daily Encounter with Dante

Anyone can read a canto daily at Dante’s tomb in Ravenna’s Silent Zone. Readings occur at 6 PM from April to October and 5 PM from November to March.

The Inauguration and Participation

On September 13, 2020, Mayor Michele de Pascale read the first canto of the Inferno live. This marked the start of ongoing readings by citizens, tourists, and famous personalities.

Technology Serving Culture

For those unable to attend, the readings are streamed live on vivadante.it and the “Ravenna per Dante” Facebook page, reaching a global audience.

A Perpetual Tribute

“L’ora che volge il disìo” offers a unique way to celebrate Dante’s legacy. Daily readings connect participants with verses that have shaped literature.

This project honors Dante and renews the bond between his work and today’s readers, demonstrating how culture and poetry enrich and connect us.

Ravenna reads Dante: a project that honors Dante and renews the bond between his work and today’s readers, demonstrating how culture and poetry enrich and connect us.