Walking Ravenna with the Divine Comedy

The Project

This year marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri and this project, accomplished jointly by the Lions Clubs of Ravenna, is a permanent homage to the memory of the Great Poet and his most important work, The Comedy, which Boccaccio happily defined as “Divine”.

The project covers various locations in Ravenna, the city which has played an important role in his life, in the events and in the preservation of his memory. Ravenna welcomed him with admiration and caring during the last years of his life, and still preserves his memory with determination and love.Thanks to this project, 100 plaques, one for each Canto – 34 for Hell, 33 for Purgatory and 33 for Paradise – have been attached on important buildings and on every school of any grade in the district. Some of these places bear some relation to the Canto itself – e.g. a quote. Others have been laid by the “Adopt-a-Canto” cultural programme supported by people, professionals, entrepreneurs, associations and institutions.


By scanning the plaque QR code with your smartphone, you are directed to the page where you can read the whole Canto, watch its performance by actors, see its contextualisation in Dante’s cosmology, have a look at its summaries – one for adults and an easy version for children of up to 100. If the plaque is linked to the building it is attached on, there is also an explanatory note.

As part of the programme of events and activities celebrating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, this project aspires to create a long-lasting installation with the aim of demonstrating Ravenna’s devotion to the Poet thanks to its discreet and permanent presence. By spreading the knowledge of his work and thus preserving and exalting his presence, both the cultural and everyday life of visitors will be enhanced. May you be accompanied by the words Benedetto Croce uttered in Ravenna one hundred years ago, on the 600th anniversary of the Poet’s death: “The highest and truest way to honour Dante is the simplest too: let’s read it, reread it, sing it and sing it again (…) if we want to follow virtue and knowledge, if we want to live like men and not like brutes.” Enjoy your journey.

Traduzione a cura della classe 5aC A.S.20/21 del Liceo Scientifico A. Oriani di Ravenna

Guidocino Lions Club Ravenna Host Guidoncino Lions Club Bisanzio
Guidoncino Lions Club Dante Alighieri Guidoncino Lions Club Ravenna Romagna Padusa

Collaborators in the realization of the project

  • Prof.ssa Cristina Casagrande (Liceo Scientifico A. Oriani)
  • Prof.ssa Maria Giulia Cicognani (Ufficio Scolastico Provinciale)
  • Rag. Roberto Garavini (Lions Club Ravenna Bisanzio)
  • Dott.ssa Cinzia Ghirardelli (Presidente di Zona Lions)
  • Padre Ivo Laurentini (Centro Dantesco)
  • Arch. Pietro Maranca (Lions Club Ravenna Host)
  • Arch. Sergio Minghetti (Presidente Lions Club Ravenna Romagna Padusa)
  • Dott. Giorgio Palazzi Rossi (Presidente Lions Club Ravenna Dante Alighieri)
  • Dott.ssa Daniela Poggiali (Istituzione Biblioteca Classense)
  • Dott. Giuseppe Ranieri (Lions Club Ravenna Host)
  • Prof.ssa Patrizia Ravagli (Istituzione Biblioteca Classense)
  • Dott.ssa Patrizia Re (Presidente Lions Club Ravenna Host)
  • Dott. Giuseppe Rossi (Presidente Lions Club Ravenna Bisanzio)
  • Dott. Paolo Santelmo (Lions Club Ravenna Host)
  • Arch. Roberto Scaini (Lions Club Ravenna Bisanzio)

A dutiful thanks to,:

  • Comune di Ravenna
  • Istituzione Biblioteca Classense di Ravenna
  • Centro Dantesco di Ravenna
  • Opera di Religione della Diocesi di Ravenna-Cervia
  • Ufficio Scolastico Provinciale
  • Liceo Scientifico “A. Oriani” di Ravenna
  • Famiglia Chaves Lopez
  • Associazione culturale Spazio A
  • Prof. Giuliano Giuliani
  • MRV Costruzioni Edili Srl