The first time Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, gazed at the Apennines was from a train going from Florence to Venice. Langdon saw the vineyards and farms gradually become less frequent and the landscape of plains be replaced by the Apennines.
The dome that covers the Florence cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore) is known as Brunelleschi’s dome. When it was designed, it was the largest dome in the world. This immediately created problems as its size prevented the traditional method of construction. Its structure is a double shell supported by sturdy pillars.
The City of Florence is divided in two by the river Arno, but its charming bridges give it a harmonious sense of continuity between the two sides. All of Florence’s bridges share centuries of history. The oldest and most famous is certainly Ponte Vecchio, mentioned by author Dan Brown in his novel Inferno. However, the other bridges are also important and noteworthy, given their stories, particularities, and that they have become real monuments.
The Basilica of San Lorenzo (Basilica of St Lawrence), located in the centre town piazza of the same name, is one of the oldest churches in Florence. Its thousand-year history is tied to the Florentine Christian community. It is also closely connected to the triumphant rise to power of the Medici dynasty, whom author Dan Brown mentions in his latest novel Inferno, and who chose San Lorenzo as its family church.
The Medici Chapels consist of two structures that form part of the monumental complex of San Lorenzo, in Florence. They house monuments that belonged to members of the Medici family in the New Sacristy of the Church of San Lorenzo. This was the official church of the Medici when they lived as private residents in their palace in Via Larga (now via Cavour), and later became their mausoleum until the extinction of their line.
For several generations, the Medici family, of which author Dan Brown mentions in his latest book Inferno, had an outstanding reputation for promoting the arts, culture, spiritual ideas, as well as the scientific advancements of their time in the city of Florence and throughout Tuscany.
The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture, faces a vast piazza of the same name, which was built to complement it.
It is while recalling the various depictions of Dante Alighieri that Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, thought of the statue of the poet that lies in this piazza.
“… Soon the train would navigate the sinuous mountain pass and then descend again, powering eastward toward the Adriatic Sea.” This passage describes the moment in which Robert Langdon saw the Adriatic Sea from the window of the Frecciargento high-speed train headed for Venice upon crossing the Apennines.