The statue of Dante Alighieri sits next to the Basilicz Santa Croce in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. It was completed in 1865, after almost a decade of construction, to celebrate the 600-year anniversary of the birth of the Italian poet. Four lion statues holding shields guard the statue. On each of the shields is the title of a one of Dante’s works and a symbol of an Italian city that helped with the cost of the sculpture. Inside the adjacent Basilica Santa Croce there is an elaborate, but empty, tomb that also pays tribute to Dante. The base of the statue is a favorite sitting place for both locals and tourist. This make it difficult sometimes to get a good picture of the entire statue and base.