File 220 – Italy, Verona, Piazza Dei Signori – Statue Of Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, in 29-05-1265. It is considered the greatest writer of the Middle Ages, and is recognized as the “father of the Italian language and literature”. Besides literary activity, Dante was concerned about politics and philosophy. Due to political complications in which he was involved, is exiled from Florence since 1304. Is hosted in Verona by the Scaligeri Family between 1304 and 1307, after that, lives in Paris and Ravenna. In 1865 citizens of Verona (under the Austrian occupation), decide to celebrate the birth centenary of the great writer, by erecting a statue. The statue was an occasion to claim the Italian origin of Verona, against Austrian domination. Ugo Zennoni, a young sculptor, was hired and he created the first marble statue of the city Verona, which was inaugurated in 14-05-1865.
After exile, Dante Alighieri never come back in his native Florence. He died in 14-09-1321 by malaria, in Ravenna, where is buried. The Florence expect even today, the returning of great writer to his hometown and keeping a burial place in the Church Of Santa Croce. Only time will know if “Padre Dei Lengua Italiana”, will forgive his fellow citizens and return forever, to home.