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Museo Casa di Dante
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Owner description: Casa di Dante, a restored medieval house similar to Dante's birthplace, also serves as a museum recording the life and times of this famous poet.
Reviewed April 15, 2012

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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Reviewed April 6, 2012

It's possible to learn something about medieval Florence but there's not much about Dante himself and the house is all reconstruction. Much space is wasted on a big battle model, and other people's ideas of what his poetic concept looked like. In short, it's not 'real', and while it isn't the most expensive museum in town, you'd do better to hang onto your Euros and walk round the neighbouring streets for authentic period flavour.

Thank Lynn P
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

The historic house of Dante was in the neighborhood, but in the eighteen century it was decided to buy that area, who happened to be for sale, raze all the later building, and rebuild almost entirely some middle-age-looking building as a tribute to the great man. they run some second rate art gallery in the premises, and in the tower on the right, which is not a fake, there is a small and mildly interesting museum. Pretty enough, but not worth a detour; just walk on and spend more time in Badia Fiorentina; now that's a real relic of the past!

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Reviewed November 10, 2010

This was better than I expected, it had alot of historical interest giving good detail on the city before the Medicis

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Reviewed July 18, 2010

We went to Dante's House whilst we were in Florence as we thought this might be a nice, quaint complement to the big art museums in the city. Unfortunately, this was a real disappointment.

There are only a few rooms to look around, the rooms, the artworks, the labelling - it was all very amateur. It was a great chance for me to learn more about Dante's Inferno and Dante's life in general; however, this museum was unable to significantly add to my limited knowledge on the subject.

Don't waste your time and money on this - go instead to the other fabulous (yet tiring!) museums and everything else Florence has to offer.

3  Thank osty50
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