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Get lost and find your way: Labyrinths in Emilia Romagna

by /// August 31, 2021
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In Emilia Romagna there are 3 labyrinths that offer their visitors a unique experience: getting lost and then finding their way inside a (un)known labyrinth.

The labyrinth is a construction that has always fascinated mankind and that we find over and over again throughout history, starting from the myth of the Minotaur to the Renaissance gardens.
In more recent times, from Shining to the Pan’s Labyrinth (to mention just some of the most famous), there are many movies that attribute to the labyrinth a fundamental role inside their plot.

If you want to understand what it’s like to “lose your compass” for a day, here are 3 labyrinths in Emilia Romagna where you can indulge yourself in the adrenaline of the unknown.

Labirinto della Masone | Fontanellato (PR)

“I first dreamed of building a Labyrinth around thirty years ago. On several occasions back then, in my country house outside Parma, I played host to a friend and valued contributor in the publishing house had I founded: Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges.
It is a well-known fact that the Labyrinth was one of his favourite themes. (…) I think that it was watching him, and talking to him of the strange journeys made by men, that the very first embryo of the project finally opened to the public in June 2015 first took form.
The story goes that when Minos had his Labyrinth (which was a prison) built, his intentions were cruel and dark: I imagined a softer equivalent, one which was also a garden in which people could stroll and lose themselves from time to time without running any risks.”

That’s how Franco Maria Ricci tells the birth of his Labirinto della Masone, which is located in Fontanellato, a few minutes drive from Parma. A large labyrinth composed entirely of bamboo plants (totally about 200,000) from 30 cm to 15 m tall, creating a path of over 3 km.

In conceiving the drawing of the maze, Ricci was inspired by the mosaics of the Roman villas and baths. The architecture of the buildings is inspired, in agreement with the Parma’s architect Pier Carlo Bontempi who made them, by the great architects of the French Revolution period.

Inside the buildings, on 5000 sq.m, the Ricci’s art collection is kept, which reflects the personal taste of the collector and spans 5 centuries of history, with works ranging from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, shown not in the scientific order that a museum would have, but rather proceeding by associations and similarities.

“When it first came about the project was quite a personal one. I wanted to leave a trace of myself in the area which had nurtured and, to some extent, enriched my family.
With the passing of time, that early idea was largely transformed. (…) I now see the Labyrinth as a way of giving back at least a part of everything given to me by the Po Valley (…).
A Museum has been opened alongside the Labyrinth (the entire collection of the works of art I collected in fifty years), a Library (with my book collections and every book I published over the course of 50 years), areas for temporary exhibitions, an Archive and tourist facilities”.

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Labirinto Dedalo | Savio (RA)

Labirinto Dedalo is located in Savio di Ravenna, a few minutes from the Ravenna Riviera and inside the Po Delta Regional Park. It is born from a simple corn field, to offer its visitors a temporary escape from the modern world: a way to get closer to the nature and at the same time to play a game that can bring different emotions, from the challenge with oneself to the search for conviviality.

The plantation has an extension of about 8 hectares, with path of about 3,5 km on foot and an overall development of small roads ranging from 7 to 10 km.
For the little ones there is also a “baby labyrinth”, while for refreshment and fun before or after the adventure there are some picnic areas and an adjacent equestrian center.

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In case of bad weather, a daily closure can occur, therefore it is advisable to contact the facility (+39-3455854746 – to check the availability.

Labirinto Effimero | Alfonsine (RA)

In Alfonsine, in the northern hinterland of Ravenna, at a local floriculture company since 2007 a corn labyrinth has been built in a large space inside the property. It is the first “dynamic labyrinth” in the world, which in 2019 was flanked by the first “ephemeral suspended labyrinth”, whose path is entirely made with recycled and biodegradable material.

Not a classic labyrinth, but an installation that plays with sound and transparency, in a total fusion of earth and sky. A project directed primarily to young people, with the aim of raising awareness among the youngest toward the nature and their inner life.

The labyrinth is open from mid-June to mid-September and there are picnic and BBQ areas (by reservation: +39-3358335233).

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Elisa Mazzini

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