Dante and the Divine Comedy in Duomo. Statue of Dante Alighieri on the Piazza della Signoria in Verona, Italy. Dante Alighieri is considered the father of the Italian language. Even today, there are still Dante Alighieri Societies found across the globe, with a mission to promote the Italian language and culture. As a result, Dante spent his remaining years as a wanderer, a lifestyle that afforded him the inspiration to write The Divine Comedy.