A massive 19th-century statue of Dante sits at the corner outside the Basilica of Santa Croce. Inside the church. Dante’s “tomb” is empty. For centuries, the city of Ravenna, where Dante died in 1321, has refused to give up his bones — even resorting to hiding them when Pope Leo X, at the suggestion of Michelangelo, ordered their return to Florence in 1519.
TerraProject for The Washington Post