At that time, the Sicilian School (Scuola poetica siciliana), a cultural group from Sicily, thrilled to Dante. Their interests led him to know minstrels of Provence and the Latin culture. It also became clear his devotion to Virgil. He also studied the vernacular Italian, Latin (French language of the era), Provencal, and actually inserted some verses in this language in Purgatory. It should be noted that in the Middle Ages the fall of the Roman Empire left a dozen small states, so Sicily was culturally and politically distant from Tuscany, as she was in Provence: the regions did not share the same language nor the same culture and the media were difficult.
When I was 9 years found Beatrice Portinari, daughter of Folco Portinari, the love which comes first vistau, and apparently without even having spoken. a l saw her frequently after age 18, often exchanging greetings in the street, but never got to know a "he effectively suggested the example for love of course polite. It is difficult to understand what this love actually comprised, but something extremely important for Italian culture was happening. It was in the name of this love that Dante gave his impression on the Dolce stil nuovo which would influence writers and poets to explore the theme of love which had never before been so pronounced. The love for Beatrice, it seemed, was the reason for his poetry and his life, along with their political passions. When Beatrice died in 1290, Dante tried to find a refuge in Latin literature.