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April 16, 2015

Dante, "il Sommo Poeta"

www.tuscanmuse.com-tuscany-vacation-tour-26Dante Aligrhieri was perhaps the most famous Italian poet. In Italy he is called, “ il Sommo Poeta”, or the “Supreme Poet”. He is also known as “the Father of the Italian language. The Divine Comedy is considered to be the masterpiece of literature and the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language.

Rumor has it that aspiring poets may call upon Dante’s spirit and he will appear as a Muse to guide their writing. This occurs only in Florence, especially in the Piazza Santa Croce, one of the many places that Dante is said to haunt. To make him appear, one must sit all night in the Piazza and read his poetry aloud. Once the poetry has been read, these words must be uttered:


"'Thou Dante, who wert
Such a great poet,
Art dead, but thy spirit
Is truly yet with us,
Here and to aid us.

"'I call thee, I pray thee,
And I conjure thee !
Give me assistance !
I would learn perfectly
All of this poetry.
And yet, moreover,
I would not only
Learn it to sing it,
But I would learn too
How I may truly
From my head write it,
And become really
An excellent poet !'”

Afterwards, the form of a man will appear around the statue in the Piazza approaching very slowly. He will sit, as if he is alive and begin reading from a book. This is the ghost of Dante. The person who has invoked the poet will get his wish.

Join us in Florence on one of our tours of Tuscany or  workshops in Tuscany to see the many places that pay tribute to Dante. If you plan to stay all night in the Piazza Santa Croce to invoke his spirit, we’ll be sure to pick you up the next morning. Hopefully, you’ll have been inspired by the Italian master of poetry to create your own masterpiece!

  • Our stay at Le Casacce will always be a glorious memory. By the time the trip was over, we already missed our new friend, Linda. We came home filled with tales of the sights we had seen, the excellent food we had eaten and the good times made possible by Tuscan Muse
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