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Selva di Sogno


Deva Manfredo calls his creations made with stones from the Sienese woods “stoneart”, fantastic constructions recalling miniature Indian temples or Oriental cities, mandalas or paths woven with the colours of nature.

Anthropomorphic figures seem to emerge from the earth in the oak woods of Podere San Giorgio, as if conversing with the foliage and trees. The artist creates this work by exploiting the attraction between stones he places meticulously side by side or one atop the other or wedged into another without the expedient of any glue or cement; gravity alone holds them together.
Working in this way since the early 1980s, Manfredo defines himself as a “composer of natural objects”. These woods invite visitors to linger, to experience themselves in the natural environment. For those who wish, there are guided meditations or workshops to stimulate one’s own creativity. Manfredo, a member of the Ohio Miasto community settled here, encourages visitors to remain silent and attentive to nature as they follow a path conceived as a sort of initiation rite into a different consciousness, in effect, a meditative practice to experience the inner self.

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Loc. Podere San Giorgio, Chiusdino Tel. (+39) 333 4330183

Toscana '900Selva di Sogno

Parco Roberto Ciulli


The garden created by collector Mario Ciulli in memory of his father Roberto (1919–1997) features more than twenty figurative and abstract sculptures in marble, travertine, bronze and wood by Italian and foreign artists. Located just outside of Monticiano, the garden stretches over three hectares among soft green hills that open onto the scenic view of San Galgano. The sculptures were made on site and then positioned by the owner against the background of the lovely Sienese landscape.

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Loc. Casa ai Venti, Monticiano Tel. (+39) 348 8721881

Toscana '900Parco Roberto Ciulli

Museo Civico Archeologico e della Collegiata, Sala Augusto Bastianini


As of the end of 2014, the Museo Civico houses a new room dedicated to the Casole artist Augusto Bastianini (1875–1938), created thanks to the long-term loan by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage of the artist’s 1913 large-scale work, La ferratura del bove [Shoeing the Ox].

Bastianini portrays the rural life of farmers and peasants with a powerful late-Macchiaiolo realism, often in monumental paintings such as those in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Palazzo Pitti in Florence. His portraits were also much in demand for exhibits in Tuscany and throughout Italy in the first decades of the 1900s, when his self-portrait was acquired for the Uffizi collection.

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