Menu
Florence & Tuscany / Italy News

Florence to Open First Museum Dedicated to the Italian Language

Museo della Lingua Italiana

The city that gave birth to Dante will soon give birth to the first museum dedicated to the Italian language.

Work on the Museo della Lingua Italiana will begin in 2021, reports Corriere Fiorentino, and is expected to take up to two years to complete.

This is “the best way to remember Dante in the year in which we celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death,” said Italy Culture Minister Dario Franceschini in announcing the project.

The Museum of the Italian Language will be part of the Santa Maria Novella museum complex, which already includes the famous frescoed church of the same name.

Specifically, the language museum will take up 2,000 square meters in the building formerly known as the New Monastery (Monastero Nuovo) between Via Santa Caterina and Via della Scala. Its proximity to Florence’s main train station, also called Santa Maria Novella, will position the museum to be the Gateway to the City of Dante.

In addition to Dante’s Divina Commedia, considered the greatest work of literature ever written in the Italian language, the Museo della Lingua Italiana will highlight the contributions of other Italian writers such as Boccaccio, Petrarch, Ariosto, Galilei, Machiavelli, Leopardi, Manzoni, D’Annunzio.

The museum will also document the history of Italian from the Placito di Capua 960, the first legal document written in vulgar Italian, up to the usage of spoken and written Italian today.

Donate
About Author

Melanie Renzulli has been writing about travel to Italy for more than 20 years.

2 Comments

  • Larry
    24 December 2020 at 4:22 pm

    We are multi trip visitors to Italy, especially Florence and Rome. Italofile is a great read and lights the flames of good memories for us. Thank you.Jeane and Larry.

    Reply
    • Melanie Renzulli
      25 December 2020 at 5:20 am

      Wow. Thank you very much! Hope you get to return to Rome and Florence again soon. Happy New Year!

      Reply

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.