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Un alloro per Dante

Piazza San Francesco, 1 - Ravenna

Inside the corner of peace represented by the roof gardens of Palazzo della Provincia in Ravenna it is possible to admire a contemporary piece called UN ALLORO PER DANTE (Laurel oak leaves for Dante).

The piece consists of an ideal laurel wreath and is a collective homage that Ravenna pays to Dante Alighieri on the occasion of the 7th centenary of his death.

When he was alive, Dante never received the desired symbol of recognition as a poet. Ravenna, the city hosting his spoils, wants to pay homage to the Supreme Poet with a piece dedicated to him.

The work, a collective homage

Un alloro per Dante - Laurel oak leaves for Dante
Un alloro per Dante – Laurel oak leaves for Dante

Designed by architect and designer Luisa Bocchietto, in collaboration with Regenesi Design Factory and the City Council for Tourism of Ravenna, the installation consists of a large, naked copper wreath with a diameter of 2,5m and 1423 small slits (the number recalls the sections of the Divine Comedy) intended for as many “laurel oak” leaves made of copper.

The wreath lies on a central support. In the central part of the base, it features a metal place with an actual representation of the celestial vault, lit up at night thanks to little led lights.

How to take part in the collective work?

You can purchase the copper leaf on the website or at:

You will receive a leaf within a bonded leather keychain realised by the sustainable fashion and design business Regenesi, and complemented by a star-shaped pendant.

By buying your leaf, you will have the possibility to make your own contribution to the piece and access one of the most suggestive places of the historical centre of Ravenna, the roof gardens of the Provincia palace in Ravenna for free.

In exchange for your installed leaf, you will get a special certificate of participation and a leaf-shaped pendant engraved with “E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle” (“we emerged, to see – once more – the stars”) as a reminder of the experience.



The stunning roof gardens of Ravenna

At a stone’s throw from Dante’s Tomb is one of the most wonderful and suggestive places in the historical centre of Ravenna –  Rasponi crypt and roof gardens of Palazzo della Provincia.

You can access the area from the majestic porch located on the side of Piazza San Francesco.

As soon as you get inside, you will have the possibility to admire a wonderful Italian-style garden, enriched with a circular fountain and a neo-gothic tower, access point to the small chapel intended to serve as a burial place for the Rasponi family (and that never served that purpose, though).

When you come out from the crypt, you can climb a staircase and get up to a viewpoint overlooking Piazza San Francesco and the belltower of the same-named Basilica, which hosted Dante Alighieri’s funerals on September 13th, 1321.

Further information

Opening times

The roof gardens of Palazzo della Provincia are closed from January 9th to February 28th and May 13th.

From 1st March

From Monday to Friday: 2 pm – 6 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am – 2 pm


Entrance fee

Keychain: €12
By buying the keychain you will also have the possibility to access the Rasponi crypt and the roof gardens of Palazzo della Provincia for free (the ticket would cost you €2)


The installation is accessible to people with physical disabilities.

How to get there

The crypt is located in the car-free zone of the city centre, near the so-called Zone of Silence.

On footyou can easily reach the area from the nearby railway station.

By bus: all bus routes stop in Piazza Caduti della Libertà (20 mt. away).

By car:the access to the historical centre is limited. More information about car parking areas HERE.

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Last edit:13 February 2023

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