Charon, illustration by Dorè

Canto 3, Inferno by Dante

Canto 3 of Dante’s Inferno provides a description of the Underworld. The main points of that canto consist of the description above the Gate of Hell, the Ante-Inferno, which contains a large number of condemned shades, as well as the passage across the River Acheron.

leonardo's Annunciation at the Uffizi Gallery

The Leonardo’s Annunciation

Thus spoke Robert Langdon upon realizing that he had arrived in Florence:

Florence whose galleries lured millions of travelers to admire Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s Annunciation, and the city’s pride and joy – Il Davide.

(Dan Brown, Inferno)

The Annunciation has been located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence since 1867. It came from the church of San Bartolomeo a Monteoliveto, in the environs of Florence.

The statue of Girolamo Savonarola in Florence

Girolamo Savonarola

The Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola was born in Ferrara in 1452.

He began to preach against the corruption of morals and of the clergy in 1482 in the convent of San Marco in Florence. His aggresive and passionate style granted him a large following.

A bottle of San Pellegrino water

San Pellegrino Water

The San Pellegrino water is known as “the champagne of mineral waters”, due to the fineness of its taste and its light carbonation.

San Pellegrino is located near Bergamo, Italy, 25 km from Milan. Its water flows from sources situated at the foot of the Alps and renown throughout the world. In fact, the water’s properties have been known since the fifteenth century.