- Sep 7, 2015
After the advice of the Martelli, Dante Alighieri joined the pilgrims called Palmieri who had gathered for the occasion to stay overnight at the refectory of the church of Santa Reparata and then reach the monastery of San Jacopo in Acquaviva the following day through the Pisan hills. To do this they would have passed through a valley called the Valley of Hell. The Palmieri believed that between those hills and valleys there was the entrance to the underworld. For this reason they wanted to go to those places, to pray for the souls of purgatory. The pilgrims themselves informed Dante of their intentions and Dante was amazed. The next morning at dawn the Palmieri and Dante left towards their destination. Their pace was rather slow and it took two days to reach the hills overlooking the Valley of Hell. They arrived at sunset and therefore decided to camp for the night in that dark forest, but Dante had no intention of resting, he would have liked to reach the monastery of San Jacopo as soon as possible, he knew that every day that passed, the health of his beloved Beatrice was getting worse. Therefore Dante that night did not go to bed like the other pilgrims, but waited for the new day wandering in those woods like a soul in pain. Dante and the pilgrims reached the monastery of San Jacopo in the late afternoon of Saturday 3 June 1290, even a day in advance on the roadmap. As soon as Dante arrived he tried to contact the prior Father Iohannis Pisani to show him the letter of recommendation provided by the Martelli ...