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Labirinto della Masone
The path in the maze runs for about three kilometres towards an inner courtyard with a portico, church and two suites. In the main body, next to the elegant bookshop full of rare and precious publications, is the museum area where temporary exhibitions of work by exceptional artists are held, alongside the permanent show of a man, an artist, a dreamer, Franco Maria Ricci, who has taken about ten years to create this marvellous labyrinth. Ricci, the publisher, impassioned art collector and bibliophile, dedicated ten years to developing this ingenious, visionary project on his property at Fontenallato (Parma): a monumental green maze.
The labyrinth, opened to the public in May 2015, has a star-shaped plan covering eight hectares of land, with thousands of bamboo plants of different species.
The Franco Maria Ricci Foundation, owner of the Labirinto, is responsible for preserving the books and art collections of its creator and encouraging cultural activities and entertainment. Ricci is also keen on promoting the use of bamboo – an exuberantly tough evergreen plant – to create delicate green screens as useful, though simple, disguises for the bleak industrial warehouses which often blight the Italian landscape.
Strada Masone 121
43012 Fontanellato – Italy