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Florence inspires Dan Brown in his new book 'Inferno'

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By Hannah Netting | Florence | Posted 13 May 2013

As I’m sure most of you are well aware, bestselling International author Dan Brown’s new book “Inferno” is now out in the shops.  Fans will remember that in Angels & Demons he used Vatican City as his inspiration, and his latest book is no
exception, drawing on Florence as the setting for his fictional character Robert Langdon to return.

Dante’s Statue outside Santa Croce

The synopsis of the book centres around Dante’s Inferno, where he visited hell, purgatory and paradise, after being exiled from Florence. With labyrinthine corridors, Machiavelli in the shadows and even an office where pressing on a map of Armenia reveals a hidden passageway, you can easily see why Florence set Dan Brown’s creativity into overload. There are passages from Dante’s book scattered on most walls around the city.

Other examples of Florence’s attractions are felt in the film industrywith the most famous classic being “A Room with a View” focusing on Helena Bonham Carter’s character studying Dante’s tomb, fainting in the Piazza outside the Palazzo Vecchio and experiencing her first kiss in the Tuscan countryside. “Tea with Mussolini”, “Portrait of a Lady” and even “Hannibal”, albeit the last with a darker tone, are also set in this wonderful city.

View of the Florence Duomo

As such, we are pleased to be able to offer our 4 day break of romantic, Renaissance Florence. This break includes a private guided tour of the Duomo and a Florence Pass Card enabling access to many of the local sites, some of which feature in Dan Brown’s new book. Staying in stunning 4 star Hotel Brunelleschi in the centre of Florence is also a huge bonus. With the famous Duomo within sight, Santa Croce Church where many of the Renaissance artists were buried, and the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace all within walking distance, your time in Florence is sure to fly by. Make sure you also fit in time to visit David’s Statue before you board the plane home! You never know, you may well find another writer or director is there sharing your experience with their next bestseller!

Dan Browns Inferno book

With a wide array of optional additional tours also on offer, (including the Vasari Corridor tour which joins the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace), you will leave Florence with your senses well satisfied!


About Hannah Netting

Hannah has had the travel bug from an early age where she was fortunate enough to travel widely, including a four month trip around the world. For her experiencing new cultures, sights and wonders was very important.

Lately her focus has been heavily on Italy enhanced by many wonderful trips including Verona, Venice, Top to Toe, Florence, amongst many others. In Venice she got lost in true Venetian style and got to experience the amazing acoustics of the Verona Arena. Currently Florence is her favourite, but this can always change! With plenty on offer in Italy, it will keep her entertained for many more trips to come!

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