Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, begins his adventure in Tuscany, precisely, in Florence. He thereafter goes to Venice, and then to Turkey. This article is the first part of a brief guide to the places in Venice mentioned in the novel.
Here at Florence Inferno we would like to make a particular mention to the special temple of knowledge that is the National Central Library of Florence.
Although not specifically mentioned in Dan Brown’s Inferno, we believe that Robert Langdon, the main character of that book, would have surely visited that library if he had more time at his disposal, perhaps to research something related to his studies on arts or maybe out of sheer curiosity.
Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery) is an art museum in Florence and is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the Western world. In his Inferno Dan Brown mentions it many times, referring to it as “world-famous.”
The Uffizi Gallery has the world’s finest collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, particularly those of the Florentine school. It also has antiques, sculptures, and more than 100,000 drawings and prints.
The Brunelleschi Hotel, a 4-star hotel in the Florence historic city center, is a beloved destination for all travelers, even imaginary ones. The character of Robert Langdon, penned by the famous American author Dan Brown as the protagonist of Inferno, stays at the Hotel Brunelleschi while in Florence.
In Dan Brown’s novel Inferno, the Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence is mentioned near the last part of the story, precisely when professor Langdon, Sienna Brooks, and Dr. Ferris go to Venice.
“As they approached the train station, they passed the Grand Hotel Baglioni, which often hosted events for an art conference Langdon attended every year. Seeing it, Langdon realized he was about to do something he had never before done in his life. I’m leaving Florence without visiting the David.”
The Grand Hotel Baglioni symbolizes Florentine hospitality;
The Arno is a river that flows in the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most important river in central Italy after the Tevere (the Tiber).
It is 241 kilometres long and covers 8228 square kilometres.
It crosses and neatly divides Florence into two parts, the city in which Dan Brown’s novel Inferno is set.
The Art Institute of Florence opened in 1869 as a school of carving, was converted in 1880 to a trade school for the decorative arts, and finally became an industrial and artistic institute in 1919.
Have you ever heard of the Diladdarno?
This is the name given by the Florentines to the Oltrarno district, the area of Florence situated on the left bank of the Arno river.
The consulate knows what’s going on, and soon I’ll have answers.
Do you recall this sentence? It is from the novel Inferno, when Robert and Sienna are seeking help from the American Consulate in Florence, albeit with poor results …