In street near the Via del Corso, you’ll find the small, spare Santa Margherita de’ Cerchi. It’s widely known as “Dante and Beatrice’s church,” as, allegedly, Dante first saw her in this building.

Santa Margherita de’ Cerchi, Florence 2017

In all probability, Beatrice is buried with her husband’s family in San Croce, but her family members were buried in Santa Margherita de’ Cerchi. There is a memorial to her here, and beside it a basket, into which visitors leave their messages for Dante’s “gloriosa donna della mia mente.”


The English Cemetery; Isle of the Dead

The English Cemetery, Florence. May, 207

The cemetery stands on an island circled with busy roads. It’s said to be the inspiration (or one of the inspirations) for Arnold Böcklin’s painting, “Isle of the Dead” (1880). Isle of the Dead_Basel

Böcklin worked on this piece while he lived in Florence (his studio stood close to the cemetery). Ultimately, he created five versions of this scene; you can view this, the first version, in the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland.