Dante (1265–1321) was born in Florence. His mother died when he was five or six, and his father, Alighiero di Bellincione, remarried to Lapa di Chiarissimo Cialuffi. Dante married Gemma, and had at least three children. When he was about twenty years old, Dante met Beatrice Portinari, but not much is known of this relationship. Upon her death in 1290, Dante sought refuge in Latin literature.
In 1301, Dante was sentenced to exile and never returned to Florence again during his life. His remains lay in the Church of Santa Apollinare at Ravenna.