Lajatico - Silence Teather

Lajatico

Immersed in nature, this delightful village is home to the original 'theatre of silence'.

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Lajatico, of Latin (castrum ajatici) or Longobard origin, is situated on a hilly spur where the Valle d'Era meets that of the Sterza. Passing from the dominion of the bishop of Volterra to the Republic of Pisa, towards the end of the fourteenth century it came into the possession of the Commune of Florence.
 
The surroundings of this area so intensely interwoven with historical events regarding Pisa, Florence, Lucca and Volterra are rich in old and distinctive place such as Orciatico, a fortified village today surrounded by cultivated woods and fields,with a very old little church, and Pietracassa (or Pietra Cassa), a rather majestic and very old square-shaped fortress with traces still remianing of the tower and a single gateway for an entrance.

Lajatico is also home to the Theatre of Silence – an amphitheatre created by exploiting the natural conformation of the hillside, stemming from an idea of the singer Andrea Bocelli who comes from this area.
 
At the centre of this construction there is an imposing sculpture representing a human face, created by the Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj for the set-design of a performance of Manon Lescaut, subsequently donated by the sculptor to the theatre foundation.
In the days in which the theatre has no programme under way the foundations can be completely dismantled and the stage transformed into an artifical lake.

Cover image credit: Fabrizio Angius

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