The labyrinth is a philosophical, religious and pagan symbol; a mysterious element present in mythological and fantastic novels and tales. Full of charm and meaning, it represents the unconscious desire in the human psyche to get lost and then find again. Today we want to offer you a journey to discover intricate Italy, the Italy of botanical labyrinths: enchanting intrigues of hedges capable of astonishing for their beauty ...
If you want to feel like Ariadne and her hero Theseus, take notes here 8 gardens with labyrinths to visit in Italy.
- In the Petraia Gardens, Florence
- Borges at the Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore (Venice)
- Al Sovana Hotel & Resort, Sorano (Grosseto)
- In Villa Pisani, Stra (Venice)
- At the Barbarigo Garden, Valsanzibio (Padua)
- "God's scribble" in the Castle of San Pelagio, Padua
- At the Castle of Masino, Caravino (Turin)
- Labyrinth of the Masone di Fontanellato (Parma): the largest in the world!
- User questions and comments
In the Petraia Gardens, Florence
When it comes to fantastic sumptuous gardens, we cannot fail to mention Tuscany, a region rich in ancient estates belonging to the Medici family.
Beautiful and very important from a historical and cultural point of view, i Gardens and Medici Villas have been awarded the prestigious UNESCO humanitarian heritage.
Among these stand out the Petraia Gardens, a classic example of typically Italian beauty in terms of concept and style. It is a set of lawns, ed labyrinthine intertwining, shaded paths and pitches embellished with centuries-old trees.
Borges at the Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore (Venice)
Near the most beautiful city in Italy, there are some labyrinths of great value. One of these is located in the headquarters of the Giorgio Cini non-profit foundation, precisely in the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
It was designed by the architect Randoll Coate in honour of Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine poet and essayist literally in love with Venice, which appeared in his eyes as a sort of great labyrinth made up of alleys and canals.
Al Sovana Hotel & Resort, Sorano (Grosseto)
Il Sovana Hotel & Resort is located in the homonymous hamlet of the municipality of Sorano, in the province of Grosseto. It is a very special structure and among its gardens it houses a hedge maze really fascinating. If you want to get lost in these fantastic green bushes, you just have to book a room!
In Villa Pisani, Stra (Venice)
Villa Pisani is known for the suggestive box hedge maze.
Who in ancient times the traditional game was played who had like protagonists a lady and a knight. The lady awaited, with her face covered, the arrival of the knight on the tower placed in the center of the path. The Knight came up to it passing through the labyrinth, to receive a kiss as a reward. But once he arrived, the lady showed her identity, surprising the unfortunate young man from time to time and arousing the hilarity of the public.
At the Barbarigo Garden, Valsanzibio (Padua)
Il labyrinth of Valsanzibio is composed of over 6000 boxwood plants, some of which dating from 1664-1669, the year in which the current structure of Barbarigo Garden. It winds in a path almost a kilometer and a half long and came created with the intention of representing the arduous mystical path of human perfectibility.
"God's scribble" in the Castle of San Pelagio, Padua
There are even two labyrinths enclosed in San Pelagio Castle: one, univocal and without dead ends, consisting of mirrors; the other made of heaps and known as labyrinth of the Minotaur. If you want relive the myth of Ariadne and Theseus you just have to visit the "Doodle of God".
At the center of it is the terrible mythological beast and along the way it is possible to come across Ariadne, intent on swinging on a swing.
At the Castle of Masino, Caravino (Turin)
Near Torino is the Masino Castle; in the historical period it was a very important structure from which it was possible to supervise the territory between Ivrea and Vercelli. It is located inside the homonymous park, characterized by the presence of a beautiful botanical labyrinth open to the public.
Labyrinth of the Masone di Fontanellato (Parma): the largest in the world!
The largest green labyrinth in the world is located in Parma and it was created by the new patron Franco Maria Ricci. Made entirely of bamboo hedges, it is part of a complex of museum structures dedicated to art and only recently inaugurated.
Her size tears all records: 300 meters per side e 3 kilometers to go through in order to get to the exit.
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