Project Description

The Masone Labyrinth

The “Labirinto della Masone” is an extraordinary cultural park with the largest bamboo labyrinth in the world, and officially became part of the prestigious circuit of the “Castles of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza and Pontremoli” on 1 January 2015.

The Labyrinth was designed by Franco Maria Ricci with the help of renowned architects such as Pier Carlo Bontempi and Davide Dutto. It houses cultural spaces for more than 5,000 square meters, intended for the Franco Maria Ricci art collection and a library dedicated to the most illustrious examples of typography and graphics, including many works by Giambattista Bodoni.

You can freely visit this wonderful invention with a star plant, made entirely with bamboo plants of different species. At the center of the Labirinto della Masone you will find a large square surrounded by arcades and large halls. There is a café, a restaurant, a gastronomic area and a bookshop available. Entering the bamboo maze you can discover the history of labyrinths, starting from the myth of Crete, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, up to the present day.

A similar journey in stages will also present the real story of the Masone Labyrinth, and the inspirations of Franco Maria Ricci, from the labyrinths of mirrors discovered during his childhood to the encounter with the “labyrinth” of Jorge Luis Borges, up to the realization of the project.

Upon special request, it is also possible to sleep within the spectacular rooms within the Labyrinth.