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The Zone of Silence

Via Dante Alighieri, 9 - Ravenna
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In Ravenna, when people talk about the ZONE OF SILENCE, they refer to that portion of the historical centre that has Dante’s Tomb as its main focus.

This area is the result of a series of urban works, carried out between the 1920s and 1930s.  It consists of some of the most important monuments connected with the so-called Father of the Italian language: Dante’s tomb; the Quadrarco of Braccioforte; the Old Franciscan Cloisters; Dante Museum; the Basilica of San Francesco.

Originally, the project designed by architect Giorgio Rossi, meant to create an area of respect, peace and tranquillity, around Dante’s sepulchre, including the monument of the Quadrarco and the Old Franciscan Cloisters. Works were carried out, and the area was closed to the traffic and isolated from the noise of city life. This conferred to the entire area a dimension of sacredness and contemplation, thus becoming the earthly “last refuge” of Dante Alighieri.

Through a series of demolitions and reconstructions, new squares and traffic diversions, the Zone of Silence became a fundamental intervention example of the city’s urban history.

The project was not just promoted locally: the works were also made possible thanks to the then Fascist government’s involvement. The Fascist government showed namely the importance Dante had always had for the cultural identity. In this way, Dante became an object of pride for the entire country.



Ravenna wants its ninth Unesco World Heritage monument

In view of the seven hundredth death anniversary of Dante Alighieri, the municipal administration of Ravenna has submitted the nomination to acknowledge the entire Zone of Silence as a Unesco monument, i.e. Dante’s Tomb, the Quadrarco of Braccioforte and the Old Franciscan Cloisters, which house the Dante Museum.

The nomination request was submitted at the end of 2015, the same year in which Ravenna was elected Italian Capital of Culture and was busy with the celebrations of Dante’s 750th birth anniversary, by Professor Puglisi, the then President of the Unesco national commission, on behalf of the Municipality of Ravenna, the Minor Convent Centre of the Franciscan Friars, Cassa di Risparmio and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna.

The “Zone of Silence”, with the supreme poet’s tomb, the Quadrarco di Braccioforte, the Old Franciscan Cloisters, house of Dante Museum and Dante Centre of the Minor Convent Friars, the Basilica of San Francesco, where Dante’s funeral was held, with its parvis and piazza – as can be read in the official Nomination Subscriptio:

Is one of the most suggestive areas in our city, the cultural and identity-making symbol of a heritage that goes beyond the Ravenna territory and gains a universal value, house to several initiatives of great importance, which keeps alive the memory of Dante and his work, claiming it not only with a scientific rigour but also with a contemporary passion.

In the supporters’ vision, Ravenna preserves the spiritual and material traces of Dante’s Alighieri life in an urban context, which had already been elected one century before “Zone of Silence”, and which still today “Is one of the most visited and beloved spaces, not only by the people of Ravenna”. The project boasts in fact national and international connections.

Further information

Opening times

Always open

Free of charge

The area is entirely accessible to people with disabilities

How to get there

The Zone of Silence is in the medieval heart of Ravenna, in a pedestrian area limited to the traffic.

On foot: the area can be easily reached on foot from the nearby railway station

By bus: just 20 m from the area, in Piazza Caduti per la Libertà is a bus stop well-connected with every route.

By car: the city centre of Ravenna is limited to the traffic. Discover the nearest parting areas HERE.

A cura della Redazione Locale

Last edit:27 September 2021

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