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Fourth Edition 2016

Volume 18 / Issue 4

Dante Alighieri's "The Inferno": The masterpiece that forever changed literature

His epic was considered the great cultural achievement at the dawn of artistic innovation in Italy. His writings came with an array of characters, settings and scenes, and many metaphors and allegorical images. He gave us an adventure through Hell in “The Inferno."

In this special edition of PRIMO, we take an in-depth look at Dante and his "Inferno." We look at the various paintings and illustrations that depicted his great epic. We give a preview of his travels through the nine circles of Hell. We give an except from the "Inferno" in both Italian and in English. We look at his inspiration, his muse, and his love, in Beatrice. We close with an essay as to why the "Inferno" stands the test of time and is still read today.


In Every Issue

  • Publisher’s Note
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Travel/Hidden Treasures
  • Italian Language
  • Genealogy/My Italian Family
  • Readers’ Corner
  • Reviews
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Subscription Form
  • Advertisers’ Index

The Fourth Edition 2016 includes:

  • Dante Alighieri - Author of the "Inferno."
  • Nine Circles of Hell - Dante's journey in the "Inferno" takes him through the domains of sinners.
  • For The Love of Beatrice - Dante's muse was the love of his youth - Beatrice Portinari.
  • "Inferno" - An excerpt in Italian and English.
  • Dante Tribute - Why the "Inferno" is a masterpiece that stands the test of time.
  • The Neapolitan Way of Elvis - How Italy influenced the King of Rock n' Roll.
  • A Tour of the Quirinale Palace - The palatial estate of Italy's president.
  • Artist and Sculptor Alan Pascauzzi - The work of a modern master.
  • Save the Romaggi Adobe - The old homestead of an immigrant from Genoa is up for renovation.
  • Italian Christmas Recipes

    COVER FEATURE - Dante Alighieri "Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here."

    Nine Circles of Hell - In “The Inferno,” the further Dante and his trusted guide Virgil go, the worse are the sins and punishments. Here now is a coupling of artworks and summaries to give visual context to Dante’s travels through the Nine Circles of Hell.

    For Love of Beatrice - The poet credited his love for Beatrice Portinari as the muse that led him to the totality of his work, including “The Inferno.” He considered his infatuation the means to stimulating his imaginative prose.

    Inferno - In Italian and in English. Dante broke new ground when he wrote his epic in the language of his Tuscan homeland.

    Dante Today - The first is always special for it sets the tone and model for others to follow. “The Inferno,” accomplishes this, allowing the author to spring forward with “Purgatorio” and “Paradiso” to complete the epic.


    The Neapolitan Way of Elvis: Italian musical tradition, like Italian cuisine, has a vitality and appeal that have allowed it to spread all over the world.
    It has influenced artists and genres that bear little resemblance to its original interpreters and its original context.

    Quirinale - The Palace of the President: With a surface of 110 square meters and a total of 1,200 rooms, it's among the biggest buildings in the world. It was built in 1583 and has been the residence of 30 popes, four kings and all 12 presidents of the Italian Republic. And today, with its recently extended opening hours, it has never been easier to visit Rome's presidential Quirinale Palace. Primo Magazine went for a visit.

    The Work of a Modern Master: As soon as you walk into the studio of artist and art historian, Alan Pascuzzi, on the left bank area of Florence known as San Frediano, you know serious work is done there.

    Save the Romaggi Adobe: The state route in California’s Gold Rush country, just a few yards from the front door of James Romaggi’s old home, allow passersby to see a building overwhelmed by decay.

    Italian Delights: So much is offered for the holiday meals. Food brings the family together. No leftovers. Only memories. Always...the best time of year.


    • Publisher’s Note: An Italian Couple Pioneers Archaeological Preservation
    • Travel: The Witchy Past of Triora
    • My Italian Family/Genealogy: United States Records - How They Help Us Find Our Ancestors (Part II)
    • Language: Excerpt from Dante's "Inferno"
    • Readers' Corner:  "Her First Lesson Learned in America," by Anita Toscano
    • Wine and Spirits: Barolo Chinato - The Digestivo Liqueur Made from Barolo Wine
    • Reviews: "The Sicilian Veil of Shame," by Lucia Mann; "The Fearless Flag Thrower of Lucca," by Paul Salsini; "A Broomsticks Christmas," by Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker
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