Italy Celebrates “Father of the Italian language” in 2021

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by In Trieste

Italy will mark the 700th anniversary of the death of the mediaeval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, known as the Father of the Italian language, with a program of commemorative events in 2021.

Born in Florence in 1265, Dante wrote his verses in the vernacular, opting for Tuscan dialect in an era when poetry was generally composed in Latin, meaning it was only read by the most educated readers.

Dante’s anniversary program will take place mainly in Ravenna, with events also expected to take place in 70 Italian towns and villages connected to the poet either through his writings or personal life.

To keep up to date with events as they are announced see Dante2021 website.

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