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“A must see for those interested in the history of Dante and Beatrice”

Chiesa di Santa Margherita dei Cerchi
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Hidden Florence Walking Tour from Florence
Ranked #148 of 641 things to do in Florence
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

This TINY church dates back to 1032 and is often referred to as Dante's church. It is across the street and a couple steps away from the Museo Casa Di Dante. It is said to be the place where Dante first laid eyes on Beatrice. The (unlikely actual) burial place of Beatrice Portinari is in the church and you can light a "candle" at her grave or leave a note to her asking her intercession for matters of the heart. (The basket is overflowing)
This is a convenient along the way stop between the Uffizi/Piazza della Signoria/Palazzo Vecchio and the The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (duomo). Set off on the street across from Neptune and head toward the Via Dante Allegheri.
One caveat, the posted hours are not accurate. I had to go back 3 times to find it open.

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

As Dan Brown writes in his novel Inferno, Dante's church is hard to find, but not impossible. Although it is known as Dante's Church it is listed as Chiesa di Santa Margherita, so when looking for it on maps and such, look for it under this name. It is there flanked by two taller buildings on a narrow street noticed only by the little pointed roof above the door, the sounds of beautiful classical music eminating from within, and an open doorway that reveals the pews and lets you know you've found it. It is a very small, plain chapel with a picture of Dante on one wall and a painting of what I think is Beatrice's wedding to another man on another. Beatrice was Dante's one and only love and inspiration for many of his writings. The chapel is dimly lit, so it is a quiet place to sit and reflect, relax and imagine Dante as a 9 year old boy coming to this chapel. Picture taking is allowed, but if you put a euro in the light box located near the entrance on the left side of the chapel, the alter will illuminate making it easier to see and to take pictures.

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