Every Italian knows that Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Tuscany – birthplace of the Italian language. But not everyone is aware that he died in Ravenna, after a long and nomadic exile, as a guest of the Da Polenta family in 1321.
So come with us on a jaunt around Romagna and Tuscany on the trail of Italy’s greatest poet. Following Dante’s Routes, we set out from Byzantine Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage city, bound for beautiful Faenza, the world centre of ceramics, before winding up in the picturesque mediaeval town of Brisighella.
From craft workshops and museums to Romanesque churches and colourful traditions, this trail of pretty walled villages set in unspoilt country is a unique experience to savour slowly. Whether you follow it on foot or by bike, by rail or on the bus, you’ll find everything here is on a human scale. And it’s all endorsed by top international travel guide Lonely Planet as its 2021 Best in Travel destination for Italy in the sustainability category.
This major thumbs-up celebrates an open-air kind of tourism exploring places in Romagna and Tuscany that Dante mentioned in his Divine Comedy or experienced himself in exile. And what better year to discover it all than the 7th centenary of his death.
So let’s roam this land and enjoy the authentic, warm local hospitality, the timeless allure of these fascinating places, and the fabulous quality of life they offer.