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Retracing Dante’s steps in Bologna, between Inferno and Paradise


October 31 2021


In 2021 the seventh centenary of Dante’s death is celebrated all over the world. Apparently, the great Italian poet lived in Bologna in two different periods of life - in his happy young days and then in the hard years of exile before the Black Guelphs, his mortal enemies, took control of the town. Many hints at Bologna are scattered in his works, while all the Bolognese characters find themselves in Inferno. Only the Saints are saved! The downtown tour crosses the Piazza Maggiore starting from the Church of St. Francesco and heading eastbound to the Porta Maggiore, passing by the Garisenda Tower featured as Antaeus in Inferno. The memorial plaques spread all over the city will help us to understand the Poet’s relationship of hatred and love for Bologna.

Green Pass required: No

Notes: The itinerary is easy and it will take place regardless of any weather condition

Meeting Point: Church of San Francesco, at the external apse in Piazza Malpighi

Starting Time: 10:00am

Tour length: 2,5 hour / 2,5 km

Reservations from 14th October at 09.00 as follows:

Information and reservations by 

e-mail: comete.ass@gmail.com 

tel: +393667174987 or +393397783437 from 12:00 am to 15:00 pm 

If you are no longer able to attend the tour you have booked, please contact us to cancel your reservation

The guided tour will be conducted in accordance with current legislation on the prevention of Covid infection together with the regulations in force in the various museums and other indoor places that may be included in the tour.


- Guided tours will be conducted only upon prior reservation. Each participant will be asked to provide the following information when placing a reservation: first name, last name, telephone number and/or e-mail address. The guide will retain these details for a period of 20 days.

- The use of a correctly worn face mask (covering nose and mouth) is compulsory from the age of 6. Visitors are expected to come with their own mask, otherwise they will be excluded from the excursion. 

- The use of radio guides (radio microphone for the guide and radio receivers for participants) is compulsory. The radio receivers provided by the guide will be duly sanitised, with disposable earphones supplied in a transparent airtight bag.

- A safety distance of at least 1 metre between people must be maintained at all times.

- Visitors with symptoms of flulike illness or a temperature of over 37.5°C and those subject to quarantine or fiduciary home isolation with health surveillance in accordance with current legislation are not allowed to attend the guided tour.

For routes that include access to museums and cultural venues , the presentation of the Covid-19 QR code together with a valid ID document will be required. Such certificate is not compulsory for visitors under 12 years of age and for those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification. Below are the routes for which the Covid Vaccination certificate will be required:


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