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Dante Museum

Follow a timeline of the life of Italy’s highly revered poet, Dante Alighieri, at this comprehensive museum dedicated to his life’s work.

Six centuries after the death of one of Italy’s most revered poets, the Dante Museum (Museo Dantesco) opened just a few yards from his final resting place. Located within the Dante Centre of Friars Minor, the Dante Museum is the definitive destination for those wanting to learn about the life of Dante Alighieri. While the poet wasn’t originally from Ravenna, it was here that he spent his final days in exile. Visit the museum to learn why he was banished, hear the fascinating tales of his life and read some of the most beautiful poetry in history. 

Enter the Old Franciscan Cloisters, near Dante’s Tomb, to locate the museum. The museum, opened in 1921, was made possible by the efforts of the architect Amborgio Annoni and Carrado Ricci, an authority on the life of Dante. Admire the charming surroundings before continuing through to the permanent exhibits. Divided into sections, the Dante Museum looks at Dante’s time in the city as well as his ongoing legacy. See iconic depictions of the man, including busts, paintings and sculptures. 

Watch videos and interactive multimedia presentations that put a modern twist on the historic subject. Learn about theories held by local researchers and university professors about Dante’s bones. The exhibits are presented in multiple languages. Take the time to listen to a multilingual telling of Dante’s most famous work, the Divine Comedy. Hear the poem in its original language to experience the romance of the Italian language. 

The Dante Museum is located in the heart of Ravenna and can easily be reached on foot. Those coming by bus will find a bus stop a short walk from the entrance. If you’re driving, look for the pay-and-display car park located nearby. The Dante Museum is closed on Mondays and Christmas Day and a modest admission fee applies for those over 14 years of age.


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