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Dantedì, a day to celebrate the father of the Italian language

March 25 marked the first annual celebration of Dantedì, when Italy pays tribute to Dante Alighieri.

Organized prior to the Covid-19 emergency, the commemoration embraced the 13th-century Florentine poet as a symbol of Italian culture and language to unite the country at this difficult time.

The celebrations continued all day long, online and via social media, with performances and readings tagged with #Dantedì and #IoleggoDante. School teachers throughout Italy added Dante to their virtual lessons on March 25 and everyone in Italy was invited to read the beginning of the Divine Comedy from their windows at 6pm.

On the occasion of the national day dedicated to our Sommo Poeta, one of our beloved instructors dedicated a few passages of “Paolo e Francesca” from Canto V of Inferno, the first volume of La Divina Commedia, to all ScuolaScuola students. Click on the images below to listen to Sebastiano Bazzichetto’s reading. 

Sebastiano reads “Paolo e Francesca” from Inferno, Canto V, vv 100-108
Sebastiano reads “Paolo e Francesca” from Inferno, Canto V, vv 130-138

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