Casole d'Elsa

“Selva di sogno” sculpture park

A trip through the magic forest in Casole d’Elsa

In the heart of Tuscany (Casole d’Elsa), hidden in a large oak wood at 600m above sea level, a magic forest is waiting for you. For the last 25 years, German sculptor Deva Manfredo has been creating a dream world made of stone in the “Selva di Sogno” Sculpture Park. The park’s trails wind through anthropomorphic figures that seem to emerge from the earth, ancient temples and cities in miniature, huge colored stone columns, stones carved into the bizarre forms of trees, stones extended into the forms of rugs like colored mosaics. The forest invites visitors to stop, contemplate the nature surrounding them and if they so desire, to take a guided meditative walk. There is plenty of fun to be had with workshops for adults and kids where all can experiment with their creativity.

One of the park’s highlights are the night walks where the light of a full moon suggestively illuminates the sculptures. The works (over 150 in total) were made with unfinished stone and have been connected to form imposing structures using nothing more than the force of gravity. Dates for this year’s night walks are: June 20 and 25, July 25, August 22, September 19, October 17 and 22, December 19 and 21. Reservations are required.  The visit lasts a couple of hours and offers numerous activities, including: guided group tours, workshops with artworks, meditative walks, and a workshop for kids and adults. The medieval villages of Casole d'Elsa, Chiusdino, Rosia and Radicondoli are located nearby.

Contact:
Parco di sculture selva di sogno
Pod. S.Giorgio in Loc. Cotorniano - La Selva
53031 Casole d’Elsa (Si)
tel. 0039-333-4330183

Source: Comune Casole d'Elsa

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