At the base of a building on the south side of Piazza del Duomo there is a large plaque inscribed with the words 'SASSO DI DANTE.' (Stone of Dante).
The plaque marks the spot which purports to be the location of a stone on which the great poet Dante (1265-1321) sat while watching work proceed on the new cathedral.
Dante, Florence's most illustrious son, was thirty-one years old when the foundation stone of the new church was laid, on September 8th 1296.
Six years later, in 1302, Dante was sent into exile. He would never to return to the city of his birth, dying in Ravenna on September 13/14th 1321.