Italian curiosities: what's the story with Dante's grave?

Jun 10, 2022 352

Dante Alighieri is a symbol of Italy and its poetry, but also of the city he was born, Firenze. A proud Florentine, Dante never kept the love he had for his hometown a secret, so why is he buried in Ravenna? Well, because that’s where he passed, of course, but the matter of where his mortal remains should rest was the cause of mystery and diatribes for centuries. 

Dante rests, today, in a quiet corner of the Emilia-Romagna town, his marble mausoleum protected by sunlight and heat by the leafy beauty of an oak planted by poet and Nobel laureate Giosuè Carducci, in the early 20th century. The tomb, which is lovingly known by locals as the zucarira,  or “sugar bowl” because of its shape, was designed and built at the end of the 18th century by architect Camillo Morigia. But before – and after – then il Sommo Poeta’s bones had little rest. 

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