"Travel and learn”, this is my favorite motto.
Many years ago, durning my visit to Florence and strolling throught one narrow street close to Ponte Vecchio, one marble plaque caught my attention. It was indication of medieval house of Dante.
In those days I had a vague knowledge of Italian culture, but I knew that he was a great Italian poet and the author of the famous poem: “La Divina Commedia”.
Subsequently when visiting many places in Tuscany, I found marble plaques with sonnets from The Divine Commedy in the squares of the towns and on ancient buildings, that have been exposed to remind visitors of the stories of characters and places known by the Poet and mentioned in his work.
That trips came back to my memory when I had the idea of creating a photographic project, commemorating seven hundred years since the death of Dante Alighieri in 2021.
II did some research and I discovered that Dante in the Divine Comedy entons over five hundred places, most of them in Italy but also in Europe, North Africa and Asia known in Dante's time.
Each place is linked to a character or historical fact known by the poet.
I made an itinerary of places that can be easily visited in a short time for both Italian and foreign tourists. 23 places in Italy represented by 25 photographs.
The images that represent those places are not the typical "postcards" that can be purchased in any souvenir shop but glimpses and details that invite the visitors to discover some of the footsteps that the Poet left on his journey to the afterlife.
With this project I would like to honor the Poet, the one who with his most famous work written in vulgar ancient script, created the Italian language.
All this took me on a journey through wonderful places and their history.