Dante died in 1321 shortly after finishing Paradise, the last book of the Divine Comedy.
His bones were moved to the northern town of Ravenna in 1509 by monks who feared they might be stolen from his home town.
The face has been modelled from measurements taken of the skull when the crypt was opened in the 1920s.
The measurements are thought to be correct but the
jawbone, which was missing from the crypt, has been engineered to fit
The BBC reports: