At the base of a building on the south side of Piazza del Duomo there is a large plaque inscribed with the words 'SASSO DI DANTE’ (Stone of Dante).
The plaque marks the spot which purports to be the location of a stone on which the poet Dante (1265-1321) sat while watching work proceed on the new cathedral.
Dante Alighieri, Florence's most illustrious son, was thirty-one years old when the foundation stone of Santa Maria del Fiore was laid on September 8th, 1296.
Six years later, in 1302, Dante was sent into exile. The poet would never return to the city of his birth, dying in Ravenna on September 13/14th 1321.
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