Tomb of Dante – Ravenna
The tomb where the author of the Divine Comedy is buried. Open all year long
In the heart of Ravenna, in the shadow of a large oak planted by Giosuè Carducci in the early 1900s, is located the Tomb of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) and the last resting place of the Supreme Poet, author of the Divine Comedy.
In 1321, when Dante died, his tomb was a simple mausoleum next to the Basilica of San Francesco.
In 1483 Bernardo Bembo, who was the Venetian podestà of Ravenna, commissioned the sculptor Pietro Lombardo to paint the marble bas-relief with the portrait of Dante, still present inside the tomb.
Between 1780 and 1782 the current monument was completed, built in neoclassical style.
The interior of the tomb, covered in marble and stucco on the occasion of the centenary in 1921, preserves the sepulchral ark, a Roman sarcophagus containing Dante’s bones. Inscribed on its lid an epitaph by Bernardo Canaccio.
Behind the sarcophagus is the bas-relief by the sculptor Pietro Lombardo and a bronze and silver garland is placed at the foot in memory of the dead of the World War I.
The large oak outside was planted by Giosuè Carducci.
– From April 1st to October 31st, every day from 10am to 7pm
– From November 1st to March 31st, every day from 10am to 6pm
– Closed on December 25th
– 1st January from 1pm to 6pm
It is recommended to wear a safety mask and to keep an interpersonal distance of at least 1 meter.
The Tomb of Dante is also the starting point of Le Vie di Dante, a cycle route that leads from Ravenna to Florence. Read more>>>
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Cover photo: Portrait of Dante – Pietro Lombardo, 1483
Photo from the website dedicated to Dante