Dante’s places

Wine and poetry. This is a recommended outing in the name of experience tourism and in light of the 2021 celebrations for the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet. It’s an excursion through Romagna to the places that are mentioned in the Divine Comedy or which were lived in and experienced by the Poet himself during his years of exile. You will be welcomed by the authentic warmth and genuineness of the land and its wines, while finding yourself completely fascinated in the timeless charm of the poetry of these places.

all the places to visit along this itinerary


Dante's tomb, the Basilica of San Francesco, the Da Polenta Home (Casa dei Da Polenta).


The poet’s Tomb (nicely called the “sugar bowl” by the people of Ravenna), which was completed in 1781 with a perfect eighteenth-century neoclassical style and bears the inscription “Dantis poetae sepulcrum”
on the architrave. The Basilica of San Francesco where the great poet’s funeral took place. This was a cultural and religious site of great prestige in the fourteenth century, and while there, don’t forget to visit the crypt which preserves mosaic floors invaded by water (it’s below sea level), so you’ll also get a glimpse of a few goldfish.


The Pinewood of Classe.


The source of inspiration for the enchanted forest of the earthly Paradise that welcomes Dante and Virgil.


The Roman Villa archaeological complex.


The archaeological site where the remains of a rural villa from the Roman era are preserved.


The Church of the Commenda, The Church of San Bartolomeo, the noble buildings Palazzo del Podestà, and Palazzo Milzetti.


The Church of the Commenda, nestled in the center of the Durbecco village where you can also visit the adjacent and characteristic cloister, seat of the Bianco district.
The small church of San Bartolomeo was built at the beginning of the 13th century and is still perfectly preserved today. It is respected as the Temple in memory of the Fallen of all wars.

Oriolo dei fichi

The Oriolo dei Fichi Tower.


A breathtaking panoramic view from a tower-top terrace which is accessed by a spiral staircase. The structure of the tower is a particular example of a double strut hexagonal keep, one of a kind.


Via degli Asini, Pieve del Thò church, Cà di Malanca War Museum, the Clock Tower, the historical streets and squares of the village.


The characteristic Via del Borgo or Via degli Asini, a 12th mural passage that represents the oldest defensive bulwark to protect the village. The parish church (also known as San Giovanni in Ottavo), whose origins can be traced back to Galla Placidia, is the oldest ever built in the Lamone Valley.






The Village.


The historic setting belonged to the Guidi Counts and was residence of the Poet for a few months.

Portico e San Benedetto

The Acquacheta Waterfall.


The most important tributary of the Montone River is Acquacheta which forms its waterfall with a 70-meter dive before reaching San Benedetto in Alpe. The waterfall, described by Dante in Canto XVI of Hell, can only be reached with a hike of a couple of hours up valley, and then continue upstream of the waterfall to the evocative Piana dei Romiti which holds the ruins of the ancient village.


Piazza della Libertà with its horse fare tie ring on the Colonna dell'Ospitalità pillar. The noble building Palazzo Ordelaffi and the Clock Tower. Polenta.


In Canto XIV of Dante’s Purgatory, Bertinoro and its tradition of hospitality are mentioned. In the Middle Ages it was referred to as “love and courtesy”.

Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole

The Fortress of Castrocaro, the Spa’s park, the Historical Museum of the Castle and the City, the noble building Palazzo Pretorio, the Museum of Man and the Environment.


A visit to the Spa with its perfect Art Nouveau style.

San Leo

The Romanesque Cathedral, the Santa Maria Assunta church, the Fortress.


San Leo, originally Mons Feretrius in Latin (meaning Mount Jupiter Feretrius and from which the name of the area of Montefeltro was born), is included among the most beautiful historic villages in Italy.


The Malatestiana Fortress.


The stronghold of Gianciotto Malatesta, husband to Francesca from Rimini.

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If your passions include literature, art and history. If Dante has always been your favorite poet since high school. If you’d like to step back in time to live and breathe the life of the Poet amidst timeless places and villages. This itinerary is perfect for you: raise your glass …

“And that thou less may wonder at my word, Behold the sun’s heat, which becometh wine, Joined to the juice that from the vine distils.”

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy – Purgatory (Canto XXV)