I really wanted to like the place. It was OK. The coolest thing (just about) was the profile of Dante in one of the bricks outside the house.
Firs of all, they aren't even sure Dante lived in this house. The stuff there is not original. There are pictures of things - sort of weird.
There is a room dedicated to his writings - again, sort of oddly done - The divine comedy is written on one large (OK, huge) piece of paper - and "hell" and paradise are sort of drawn -
The most interesting thing to me was the model of the city and seeing who lived where. There was an explanation somewhere about the romans and the ghibelines....
The biggest takeway (that I may actually have heard from someone, rather than fount out at the museum) is that Dante is responsible for the spoken language of Italian. Before he wrote, all writings were in Latin - and before unification of Italy, there were many dialects...he wrote for the masses (such as they were) in Italian - and thus the written Italian language was born.
Hope that isn't urban legend I'm passing on without verification!
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