Two Streets in Florence

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(Photo by Kavi Montanaro, 2008)

Dante Drives a Honda Civic

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Cambridge, MA with CT plates

(Photo by Dien Ho, 2008)

“The Divine Therapy”

divine-therapy-new-york-times“‘It’s an inferno in here,’ yelled a middle-aged woman as she plunged into a foul-smelling hot spring in central Italy. She wasn’t the first to compare these scorching sulfur baths to Hell. In Canto XIV of Inferno, Dante wanders past a pool oozing with boiling red water and is reminded of these thermal spas about an hour north of Rome ‘whose waters are shared with prostitutes.’ . . .
That may explain why spas like Bulicame seem to hold more appeal for the locals. In addition to being free, its commercial-free atmosphere and ancient Roman ruins infuse the bath with history. Besides, Dante’s journey through Inferno and Bulicame eventually led him to Paradiso.” []    –David Farley, The New York Times, August 26, 2007

Dante in Coney Island

dantes-inferno-coney-island“By Thursday, nearly 30 tractor-trailers had been loaded with classic Astroland rides and driven out. There was no sign of the Scrambler, the Tilt-a-Whirl or the Mini Tea Cup. Dante’s Inferno, a haunted house, stood empty and ravaged, looking more haunted than ever. The Pirate Ship was moored atop a flatbed truck, awaiting storage.” [. . .]    –David W. Dunlap and Ann Farmer, The New York Times, January 9, 2009

Photo by Marta Lwin, 2004

Purgatory Ski Resort (now Durango Mountain Resort), Colorado

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“Formerly known as Purgatory, many of the run names at Durango Mountain Resort were inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, such as Demon, Hades, Styx, and Limbo. With 300 days of sunshine and 260 inches of snow annually, however, Durango Mountain belies the imagery created by its run names.”    —Go-Colorado (retrieved on September 15, 2006)

Contributed by Travis Arnold (Bowdoin, ’01); Patrick Molloy

Hell, Cayman Islands

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Contributed by Anna Booth (Bowdoin, ’08)