Chianti Sculpture Park
Contemporary Art and Music in the Woods
After visiting a sculpture exhibition in Cape Town’s botanical gardens, Rosalba and Piero Giadrossi created this sculpture park and performance venue in what was a fenced 17-acre (13 hectare) wooded game park. It's out of the way, but the views along the winding, hair-pinning, partly unpaved roads are gorgeous.
Along the 1km trail are 24 fun, often interactive sculptures by sculptors from around the world, who created works inspired by the site. Many chose glass, including a glass cube Maze by American Jeff Saward, based on a design from the c. 700BC engraved in on a rock in Lombardy's Val Camonica; Egyptian Yasmina Heidar's Falling Leaf glass panels, a glass tornado (Energy) by Greek Costas Varotsos, and Italian Federica Marangoni’s Rainbow Crash of neon and glass. Other works include English artist William Furlong's stainless steel cubes Off the Beaten Track, Danish artist Ursula Christiansen Reuteh's bridge of blue tiles that frames a view of Siena in the distance, Indonesian artist Dolorosa Sinaga's dramatic Faith and Illusion and Singaporean Vincent Leow's The Milk Factory featuring multi-coloured fiber-optic cows.
The park's amphitheatre, made from the same Carrara marble used by Michelangelo and black granite from Zimbabwe, is dotted with metal sculptures of show biz celebrities (Alfred Hitchcock) and has excellent acoustics. Check website for upcoming concerts; performances ranging from jazz to tango to Celtic to historic Tuscan songs. The couple also run the nearby La Fornace Solar Art gallery in a former brick factory.
Parco Sculture del Chianti
On the SP9, loc. la Fornace, south of Radda in Chianti and just north of Pievasciata
Hours Daily 10-sunset; not always open Nov-Mar; they recommend ringing in advance, +39 0577 357 151; adm €10; separate admission for summer concerts. Guided tours (€25) are available; book in advance by phone or email@example.com