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 …
THE PALE AFTERNOON sun dipped low over the Piazza del Duomo, glinting off the white tiles of Giotto’s bell tower and casting long shadows across Florence’s magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
(Dan Brown, Inferno)
During Roman times, the Piazza della Repubblica (Republic Square) was the ancient center of Florence, the site of the forum. As of the Middle Ages and for several centuries thereafter, it remained the “old” city market.