Robert Langdon, the character created by Dan Brown, comes to Florence to decipher a mystery linked to Dante Alighieri, after the big successes of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
The Harvard professor of art history and symbologist meets in the novel “Inferno” the medieval symbolism and places told by Dante in the Divine Comedy. The great italian poet is watching us from the cover of the book and, within a few pages, the plot of the story takes us back to a contemporary Florence that contains within it the richness and mystery of destinations so appreciated from travellers from all over the world.
It is no coincidence that the novel starts from the fourteenth-century bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina and continues over the sights of Florence and it can easily become a great itinerary for the city centre.
We can start from Porta Romana and the nearby Boboli Gardens with the famous Grotta del Buontalenti. We arrive at Pitti Palace, a grand residence of the Medici family, and through the wonderful Vasari Corridor will take you directly in the Palazzo Vecchio.
The Florentine tour of the protagonist stops at the Baptistery of San Giovanni, but for a good itinerary in the Dante atmosphere we recommend you the Museo Casa di Dante, the nearby Church of Dante and Beatrice, and of course Piazza Santa Croce.
For readers of his novels and for fans of stories set in Florence there are two events to mark on your calendar with Dan Brown:
- Wednesday, June 5th the presentation of the book to the Sala dei Gigli in the Palazzo Vecchio
- Thursday, June 6th at 6.30pm at the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in the program of the event “Repubblica delle Idee” with Vittorio Zucconi, an italian journalist
The hell has never been so glamorous as in Florence!
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