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Italy's cities have always had individual and distinctive dialects because they used to be independent city-states. However, it was the Tuscan dialect (spoken in Florence, Pisa and Siena) that established itself as the current modern Italian.This was not for the usual political, economic or military reasons, but thanks to the cultural prestige it acquired as the language of The Divine Comedy. This poem is considered the first masterpiece written in the 'lingua moderna'.