Initiatives by the Municipality of Fiesole dedicated to the Supreme Poet are underway

A month of events for adults, children and teenagers, starting on September 26

Piazza Mino, Fiesole

The rich programme of events dedicated to the Supreme Poet organized by the Municipality of Fiesole with the contribution of the Regione Toscana is entitled “Fiesole and Dante…e a quel colle/sotto il qual tu nascesti…”. The events series is aimed at adults, children and teenagers who can retrace the work of the great master and rediscover Fiesole’s history and art from September to October.

The calendar will commence on Sunday September 26 with initiatives organized by the Municipal Library of Fiesole. For three weekends, Domenico De Martino, professor of history of literary criticism at the University of Pavia, will illustrate through the reading and commentary of three canti of the Comedy, a possible way to interpret Dante’s work and his mission, accompanied by songs of the time and verses set to music by Stefano Albarello.

The readings will take place outdoors, in three places of Medieval significance in Fiesole: the Convent of San Francesco (in case of bad weather, this will move to the Sala del Basolato – Piazza Mino), the fulling mills of Girone (in case of bad weather, the Circolo ARCI del Girone) and the Caldine railway station located along via Faentina, the historic route connecting Florence and Ravenna (in case of bad weather, the Circolo Arci Casa del Popolo in Caldine).

From October 3, the initiatives dedicated to Dante will be launched by the Fiesole Museums: every Sunday of the month, workshops and activities for children and teenagers will bring young people closer to the figure of the poet and his work, highlighting the links that exist between these and the cultural and historical heritage of Fiesole. Through play, creativity and practical activity, they will be able to discover the fantastic creatures of the Divine Comedy, how the painters created their works – from the preparation of panels to painting – and how children played in Dante’s time. On Sunday October 24, a special team game takes place in the Fiesole from Dante’s time, as participants are led to discover 13th century Fiesole with an itinerary that winds through the streets of the city.

Additionally, between October and November, the museum’s blog will host a special section, ‘Fiesole at the time of Dante’, with four in-depth studies that will analyze various aspects of Fiesole from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries: from its urban structure to the main productive activities, also looking at public institutions and religion, and the legacy that Dante’s contemporaries had of the city’s Etruscan and Roman antiquities.

The complete programme of initiatives is available on the website of the Municipality of Fiesole and on that of the Fiesole Museums www.museidifiesole.it. All activities are free, with reservation required.