This year Italy celebrates the 700th anniversary of the death of the mediaeval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, known as the Father of the Italian language, with a rich programme of commemorative events throughout Italy, particularly in Florence and Tuscany, where the poet was born in 1265.
One of these is celebrated today: the Dante day or as we call it in Italian “Dantedì”, to remind the usual names of every day of the week in Italy (lunedì, martedì and so on…). It is an initiative that was born last year.
Furthermore, as part of the National Plan for the digital school, the national educational initiative “Futura Dante” has just concluded. It took place from 22 to 24 March 2021, hosting workshops on the figure and work of Dante with the use of digital technologies, to which schools from all Italian regions participated. The initiative involved also our school in virtual mode and had the Dante Room of the Library in Ravenna as the coordination center for live streaming, in connection with schools and students from all over Italy.
Dante Alighieri is especially known for writing the Divine comedy (Divina Commedia). The poem is divided into three parts called canticles. In it he goes on an imaginary journey through three realms called: Hell, Paradise and Purgatory. Each of these parts is made up of thirty-three cantos.
A curiosity about the Supreme Poet (Sommo poeta) is that his real complete name was longer: Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri but he decided to use and be known only as Dante.