“Do not be afraid;
our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” ~ Dante Alighieri, Inferno
“The path to paradise begins in hell.”
“There is a gentle thought that often springs
to life in me, because it speaks of you.”
“Remember tonight… for it is the beginning of always.”
“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”
“In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’.” ~ Dante Alighieri, Vita Nuova
A great flame follows a little spark. ~ Dante Alighieri
“un grande incendio spesso segue una piccola scintilla.”
After having visited Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, Camiel, I and Elisa walked towards the church of San Martino.
We visited the house of Dante Alighieri. It’s rebuilt to celebrate the place of Dante Alighieri’s birth and its location is based on old documents reported from 13th century of the houses of the Alighieri family.
To see the posters how Dante’s image of the paradise, purgatory, inferno and a painting replica on how Dante met Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita, samples of Florins (the money during Dante’s time) and of course the ancient books encased in a glass – the Divina Commedia was all informative and impelling for me.
p.s. Both Dante Alighieri, a supreme poet and Mariannina Coffa, a poetess, are my great classic inspirations while writing the Italian verses in my poetry book. To visit their homes in Florence (Autumn 2010) and Sicily (Summer, 2004) were part of my memorable, touching literary travel wish lists realized.
In reality, it is both the beautiful and the ugly adversities in life
that can move our heart and soul towards better or worse actions.
All of us can be one of those little sparks.
Tiny but bright and joyful spirits reaching out for a better humanity.
Small sparks forming a great flame for a better future for mankind through our simple,
daily ways of good living and sharing the better values of life and good attitudes.
Don’t forget that you are a graceful soul who can stimulate positive actions for others.
Angelica Hopes, author of the books:
… one day in a life of a novelist …
from my literary journeys, Casa di Dante
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