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Divine Italia bella, geography of Dante Alighieri's Commedia

Divine Italia bella, geography of Dante Alighieri's Commedia

Photographic exhibition by Marina Mingori

Divina Italia bella, Tomba di Dante

For Marina Mingori, photography is a passion that she has been finalising for several years to recount Italian curiosities of collective interest.
Third exhibition in the Magazzini del Sale Torre under the patronage of the Municipality of Cervia, Divina Italia Bella is a collection of photographs of Italian landscapes illustrating Dante Alighieri's Commedia.

The author says of her work illustrating all three canticles: "As in all the greatest works, everyone finds what represents them best. Dante Alighieri tells us in verse the story of his return from a journey into the underworld and describes the places he sees by similarity to places on our peninsula. He also meets characters, both his contemporaries and not, whose places of origin still exist today. Travelling through Italy guided by him makes us discover and relive the classical era and the Middle Ages. The poem has come down to us through seven centuries, in the present day with technology, communication routes, geolocation, it has been possible for me to literally walk the boot and document Italy from Trento to Syracuse, from Turin to Trieste. My intentions are aimed in particular at a young audience, made up of students, I would like to show them how much history concerns us and can be touched by hand".

The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to images of Italian tourist hotspots in the years before the pandemic, compared to the period immediately after the first spring opening in 2020.

The third part features photos of ordinary people whom Mingori calls souls, people eager to recount the Dantesque anecdotes that earned their town a mention in the Divine Comedy, just as souls encounter Dante or, more simply, 21st century humanity.
Last but not least, Cervia and its plaque in the 18th-century Town Hall, which Dante never saw because in the 14th century the town was located in what is now called Ficocle, in the Saline area and, as he himself tells us, under the rule of the Da Polenta family of Ravenna, where he died of malaria in the Comacchio valleys in 1321, on his way back from an embassy in Venice, twenty years after being banished by the Papal Curia from his great villa in Florence, where he never returned.

Dante is buried in the area of Silenzio in Ravenna in the Zucarira, Zuccheriera, as his tomb is called by the people of Ravenna. An 18th-century neoclassical monument by architect Camillo Morigia.

The exhibition can be visited in compliance with current Covid regulations.

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