E parve di costoro quelli che vince non colui che perde Then he turned round, and seemed to be of those who at Verona run for the green cloth across the plain; and seemed to be among them the one who wins, and not the one who loses In these four verses, Dante documents the existence of a running race that was held in Verona the first Sunday of Lent.
The city of Verona has always had a great importance in the Poet's life, having been the first secure shelter where Dante, exiled from Firenze, found refuge.While spending part of his exile in this Northern Italian city, and precisely in the Santa Lucia neighborhood, Dante was able to get in touch with the local customs, that he later on mentioned in his literature masterpiece.
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