A Tuscan in Verona: Dante Alighieri (see you next week at Vinitaly)

You’ll find Stefano and Fattoria dei Barbi in Hall 9 (Tuscany), Stand C6 at this year’s Vinitaly in Verona, April 7-10.

Verona is not the first place that comes to mind when you mention Dante Aligheri, one of the most famous Tuscans who ever lived.

But it was here in Verona that the author of the Divine Comedy first found “refuge” and “shelter” after he was exiled from Florence in 1302 for his political activism.

The “father of the Italian language,” as he is known to many, tell us as much himself in the last canticle of the Comedy (Paradise, Canto 26, line 70): “il primo rifugio e ‘l primo ostello” (ostello is sometimes translated as welcome but could also be rendered here as hospitality).

Dante remained at length in the northern city under the protection of the noble Scaliger family, rulers of the province.

Today, a statue of Dante (above) stands in Piazza dei Signori (also known as Piazza Dante) in the city’s historical center.

Next week, another Tuscan will find refuge and shelter in Verona: Stefano Cinelli Colombini, owner and winemaker at Fattoria dei Barbi.

We hope to see you at Vinitaly, April 7-10!

Image via Wikipedia (Creative Commons).

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