"Many are the creatures she marries,
and will so with more, till at last there comes
the hunting hound that deals her death and grief."
(Inferno I, v. 102)
The passage referring to the veltro (hunting dog) is one of the most famous passages of the Divine Comedy.
There are many interpretations related to this figure: from a saviour of humanity, to Pope Boniface VIII, to the emperor Arrigo VIII. However, according to some, the prophecy of the veltro was realized in the figure of David Lazzaretti, the Amiata preacher and founder of the giurisdavidica Church.
Lazzaretti was born in Arcidosso in the 19th century. On Monte Labbro, he founded the Giurisdavidica community, before being killed during a religious event.
Given his vision and his tragic end, he was called the Christ of Amiata. For this reason, many followers have identified him as the veltro of the Divine Comedy, the saviour of humanity.
The remains of the hermitage and the chapel of David Lazzaretti are still visible today on Monte Labbro.