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Viva Dante • 2020
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Dates: 13/09/2020

Exiled from Florence, Dante Alighieri found his last refuge in Ravenna, where he wrote part of Purgatorio and Paradiso, and where he died on 13 September 1321. 

Every year, the city of Ravenna, which he felt as his homeland, even if only for a relatively short period of time, pays homage to the Supreme Poet with a rich schedule of events to celebrate his figure and poetry.

In an ever-growing crescendo of energy that will mark the Seventh Centenary of Dante's death (1321 - 2021), Viva Dante features a full programme of events addressed to any kind of public, with scientific meetings, and occasions for exchange and debates.

The solemn celebrations of the ANNUAL, an emblematic occurrence to commemorate Dante, take traditionally place on the second Sunday of September with the Oil Ceremony donated by the Municipality of Florence.

This year it was the President of the Italian Republic SERGIO MATTARELLA to open the Celebrations of the Seven-hundredth death anniversary of Dante Alighieri on 5 September 2020, engaging Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, and all Italy until the end of September 2021, when a great concert directed by Maestro Riccardo Muti will close the season of events dedicated to the Father of the Italian Language on this so important occasion.

With the direction of the Municipality of Ravenna, the support of Regione Emilia-Romagna, the collaboration of Comitato dantesco di Ravenna, and the participation of all the city's cultural excellence, a number of initiatives featuring institutional, literary, didactic, and research events, as well as performances and exhibitions will take place, along with structural interventions that will leave a tangible mark on this seventh centenary, in a path that will go beyond 2021.

Main events 2020/2021 - in chronological order (.pdf)



Saturday 5 September 2020
Dante's Tomb  At 8.30pm
Re-opening of the Tomb and Quadrarco after the restoration works
Official inauguration, with the presence of the President of the Republic SERGIO MATTARELLA 

Luzzasco Luzzaschi (ca. 1577-1637) Quivi sospiri
(from the second book of the madrigals for five voices, 1576)
Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto III, vv. 22-27

Joanne Metcalf (1958) Io sono amore angelico
(from Il nome del bel fior, 1998)
Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Canto XXXIII, vv. 103-111
Ensemble Voces Suaves

Piazza San Francesco • At 9pm
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Fantasia quasi Sonata - Après une Lecture de Dante, 1849k
Piano Yulianna Avdeeva

Gaetano Donizetti Il conte Ugolino for baritone and piano
(from Canto XXXIII of Inferno, 1828)
Baritone Luca Micheletti
Piano Davide Cavalli

ELIO GERMANO reads the Canto XXXIII of Paradiso

Live streaming on
A big screen will be available in Piazza del Popolo with access regulated in compliance with the rules on health emergency


Sunday 13 September 2020
Basilica of San Francesco  At 9.30am
Mass for Dante with cardinal José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça

Piazza San Francesco  At 10.30am
Coral action by MARCO MARTINELLI and ERMANNA MONTANARI, with CHIARA LAGANI and the citizens of Cantiere Dante
A coral action driven by artists, who will be led on turn by Dante, involving together citizens of Ravenna and other cities of Italy, musicians, singers and vocal choirs. The action ends with the readings of the Canto V of Inferno by Ermanna Montanari.

Dante's Tomb
Oil Ceremony
with the Mayors of Ravenna and Florence and the banners of Dante's cities 
Live streaming on

Dante Alighieri Theatre  At 11.45am
Umbriferi Prefazi
Prolusion of the President of the Dante National Committee, Carlo Ossola

Reportage by ALEX MAJOLI

Basilica of San Francesco  At 9pm
Dantis Poetae Transitus
With cardinal José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça, librarian and archivist of the Holy Roman Church

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