Il Parco artistico "Enzo Pazzagli"
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The ‘Enzo Pazzagli’ artistic park

Adopt a cypress tree and create a living monument

Via Sant'Andrea a Rovezzano
The Enzo Pazzagli Park hosts three hundred cypress trees that make up ‘The Trinity’, a work of art representing two profiles and a face. Said work extends for nearly 15,000 square meters and one can only see the entire installation by airplane. Nonetheless, visitors to the area who are equipped with a map will be able to appreciate various features of the park—amidst its eyes, nose and mouth, you’ll find other noteworthy artistic works. ‘The Trinity’ is visible by satellite and it recalls other constructions made by the ancients. This collective masterpiece will become a community-inspired work of art created by 301 people—artist Enzo Pazzagli and those who decide to become co-authors by adopting a cypress tree.

Pazzagli’s idea was to create a ‘living’ work of art that would change over time; as the years pass and the cypress trees grow, the sculpture will become more and more visible. This work can also be appreciated by future generations, creating a labyrinth that will one day be seen from space! It costs 50 euro to adopt a tree for five years and 100 euro for a ten-year adoption plan. Adoptions are renewable; each adopted tree will receive a number or a name upon request. Trees can also be dedicated to someone special. Project participants have free access to the park for the duration of their ‘adoption’ period.

Getting there:
To reach the park, take Highway A1 and get off at the Firenze sud exit. Continue until the end of the road, turn right at the stoplight and continue down Viale Generale Dalla Chiesa. At the second stoplight (Caserma di Rovezzano), go left and continue straight until you reach the park. From Florence: go along the Lungarno del Tempio and continue right toward Pontassieve. Pass the Highway A1 junction; at the third stoplight (Caserma di Rovezzano) turn right and continue until the end of the road. The Park can also be reached on the 14A ATAF bus; get off at the Aretina 11 stop.


The Abbey of Sant’Antimo
Castelnuovo dell’Abate hosts one of Italy’s most beautiful Romanesque churches

The Abbey of Sant’Antimo is surrounded by local legends. According to historical traditions, Charlemagne stopped in Starcia in the year 800 upon returning from Rome. Many of his men had been hit by the plague and they stopped there to rest. During the night, an angel appeared to the Emperor in a dream telling him to gather and dry a special type of herb. He was to then soak it in wine (Brunello?) and give it to his soldiers to drink. The Emperor did so and the soldiers were healed. The name of said herb became ‘Carolina’ in honour of Charlemagne. As a sign of gratitude for the miracle received, the Emperor had the abbey built in which to host the bones of the martyrs, Saint Antimo and Sebastian.

The Abbey was protected and embellished thanks to privileges granted by Charlemagne’s descendants. Its abbot was given the important title of ‘Conte Palatino’. By the year 1000, it was already a powerful territorial estate with lands that stretched from Lucca to Orbetello. This complex boasted nine monasteries, forty-six churches and seventeen other structures like castles, mills and agricultural estates. Thanks to donations from Count Bernardo degli Ardengheschi, the monks were able to reconstruct their church. The new structure was inspired by French models; it had a central nave and tribune full of French sculptures. The complex included a cloister, capital hall, scriptorium and other spaces dedicated to monastic life. Once Pope Pius II from Siena came to power, he decided to suppress the abbey which consequently fell into a state of material and spiritual abandon. Today, after 530 years of silence, tourists can now visit this abbey that still inspires pilgrims from far and wide.

 

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