Culture Minister Dario
Franceschini said Friday that the cabinet has approved his
proposal to make March 25 national Dante Alighieri day.
"With one year to go to the celebrations for the 700th
anniversary of Dante's death, lots of projects are already being
considered by the committee for the celebrations chaired by
Professor Carlo Ossola," Franceschini said.
"Dante reminds us of many things that hold us together.
"Dante is the unity of the country. Dante is the Italian
language. Dante is the idea of Italy itself".
March 25 was chosen as it is that date scholars put as being
the start of the journey to the afterlife in the Divine Comedy.
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