La Vita Nuova

literary work by Dante Alighieri

La Vita Nuova or Vita Nova (in English: The New Life) is a book written by Dante Alighieri in 1295. It is an expression of the medieval courtly love and it is written in a prosimetrum style, a combination of both prose and verse. It tells the story of his love for Beatrice Portinari, who also served as the ultimate symbol of salvation in The Divine Comedy.

Dante meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita