At the level of daisies by Staino

In May 2015, the new Biological Mechanical Treatment Plant (B.M.T.) was inaugurated at the Waste Disposal Plant in Legoli.

In 2016 Sergio Staino and his son Michele decorated a series of ten panels with a colorful and cheerful fresco made of amusing and tender characters, putting together a work of one hundred meters that decorates the external walls that protect the Biological Mechanical Treatment plant. The work consists of ten images printed on polycarbonate panels. From a cicada to a lizard and also a Burgundian snail, a rhinoceros beetle, a tortoise and many more other “small animals that live among the clumps, in the grass, in the bogs, at the level of the daisies, indeed” as Staino himself claims. In a procession drawn with an ironic stroke and bright colours, they tell the tale of princesses and strumpets, military triumphs and brave knights, but also acrobats and musicians, animating a common working site with colours and presences. The ten subjects are inspired by a phrase of the photographer Mario Dondero: living at the level of the daisies, those daisies that the cartoonist also picked all around in the lawn surrounding the plant.

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Caffè Haus

Original of the Austro-Hungarian cultural area, the idea of Kaffeehaus was conceived as a recreational space that provided for a garden and rooms used for parties and receptions. In Tuscany it spread between the late 18th and 19th centuries, with the arrival of the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena. In Peccioli, the Kaffeehaus has found its place in an area locally known as “il giardino”, between the ancient Porta Volterrana and via di Lambercione, with a panoramic view over the countryside of Le Serre. The neoclassical style building was built in the early 1800s and was one of the properties of the family Dufour Berte.

Some constructions near this building have been recovered to create a panoramic new structure, a “window” overlooking the entire property Fondi Rustici, clear example of Tuscan flair. Here the artist Mariella Bettineschi installed Tribute to Benozzo Gozzoli, re-elaborating the Tabernacle, the work that the Florentine artist realized in the hamlet of Legoli.

Bettineschi’s is a complex and multifaceted world, which allows us to take our existence to a different period of time, presenting it as a promise of future. Memory and future are periods and themes that are reassembled in a continuous flow and reworked in different forms.

Near the entrance to Caffè Haus is an equipped picnic area.


In Peccioli Lux by Vittorio Corsini

In Peccioli lux is a project created by Vittorio Corsini and by his students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. They used light to enrich some of the most characteristic corners in Peccioli with their installations, in order to offer the visitor a new path that twists and turns through squares, little alleys and panoramic terraces. Walking at night through the ancient medieval village becomes a surprising and exciting experience: you might happen to turn a corner and find yourself in front of a story made of lights, or stop to stare at the valley under the stars and realize that you are observed in turn by a light emitting creature; you can allow yourself to be surprised and intrigued by a sudden flash, or take inspiration for new thoughts from an important message, or just stroll through the narrow alleys following the movement and the rhythm of the waves of colored light.

  • Works by:

    • DAI YUJIE – Cinema Passerotti (until 2019)
    • DAI YUJIE – Centro Polivalente
    • LUISA TURUANI – Vicolo Zucchelli and Via Bastioni (until 2019)
    • WANG YUCHEN – Tunnels
    • LUCA MAESTRONI – Et fugit in nemora
    • SARA MARIOLI – La felicità è una via
    • WANG YUCHEN – Piazza del Popolo

Picnic Areas

In the territory of Peccioli there are several picnic areas equipped with tables, chairs and gazebos:

  • In the old town in Peccioli, near Caffè Haus, easily reachable on foot from the multi-storey car park, perfect for exploring the village and the adventure park Pecciolo Avventura.
  • In the estate Tenuta delle Serre are five areas, equipped with tables, chairs and gazebos for those who want to walk or cycle through the estate.
  • By the cycle lane and “Percorso vita”, along the road La Fila, an area with a barbecue, a fountain of drinking water and playgrounds for children.

Descending Column – Hidetoshi Nagasawa

Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Descending Column, 1991, burnished bronze, Peccioli, Via Carraia

Hidetoshi Nagasawa was born in Manchuria in 1940 and forced to flee with his family to Japan during the Second World War; after approaching the Neo-Dada group and the Gutai group, in the 1980s he became interested in and investigated on the possible relationships between sculpture and the environment, culminating in a production of proper installations in the following decade. The work in Peccioli is a burnished bronze column with a ten-pointed star section, deprived of the usual function of structural support, located where via Bastioni bends into via Carraria. Suspended, almost embraced by the contiguous and converging walls of the alley, it is firmly anchored to the medieval town walls by a thick steel cable. The temporal and spatial suspension of the work is emphasized by the ancient architecture housing it, undermining the consequentiality of events. Nagasawa says: “I have walked around in Peccioli several times and I liked it a lot. So, I intended to respect it. First of all, I said to myself that I should not disturb it with one of my works and I had to look for the most hidden, least striking place. I thought I would produce my work and then I would leave again, while the citizens of Peccioli would see it every morning; and let’s say, what if they did not like it, or, even if it was beautiful in itself, what if it was not successfully integrating with the environment? It would have been a hardship for them to see it continuously. So, I clearly worked in the opposite way of what has been the basis of the concept of a monument”.

“The Descending Column by Hidetoshi Nagasawa is an event that takes place right in the body of the form, or better, in one of the clearest forms, almost an archetype. The work acts as a storage of its own figures; it is movement and rest at the same time, something that has an architectural sense without architecture. It is suspended there, absorbed in the expectation of being able to establish a place where mankind can «poetically live».”

The work is part of the project “Species of spaces” (1991-1992) in which the artists Vittorio Messina, Vittorio Corsini and Hidetoshi Nagasawa were invited to work in Peccioli, taking into account the social impact of the project and dealing with places and landscapes to create works that are coherent with the context.

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Solid Sky, a work by Alicja Kwede in Ghizzano di Peccioli

Alicja Kwade, Solid Sky, 2018, Ghizzano

The sculpture Solid Sky, made in a stone (Azul Macaubas) from South America characterized by light blue veins that turn proper blue in some points, is made of two elements: a large cubic block, hollow inside, and a sphere with a perfectly smooth surface. The stone block shows some signs of imperfection on the material, deliberately left visible by the artist. The large void in the center allows us to guess the origin from which the perfect sphere came to life which visually contrasts with the unfinished aspect of the block. Placed at a distance from each other, these two sculptural presences are ideally linked to each other and acquire full meaning only when they are related.

The works of Alicja Kwade, the most recent of which is ParaPivot, a large sculpture on the terrace of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, often play with our imagination, inviting us to rethink our way of looking at reality. As the title of the sculpture suggests, SolidSky is a reference to the sky, the universe and the celestial spheres.

Alicja Kwade: “The sphere in natural stone, Azul Macaubas, recalls the idea of ​​the existence of parallel worlds and multiverses, the subject of hypotheses and dissertations since ancient times. It seems to have fallen to Earth from another dimension. The stone material itself, with its stratifications formed over several million years, allows us to determine its age and therefore acts as a sort of time scale”.

In Ghizzano there are two other works: “Via di Mezzo” by David Tremlett and “Elevatio Corpus” by Patrick Tuttofuoco

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“Voci”, the artistic-literary journey of Vittorio Corsini

Seven places, seven authors, seven installations in the most authentic Tuscany

Voci (voices) is an artistic and literary journey that develops within the municipality of Peccioli and accompanies visitors to discover new and unexplored places, where it is possible to hear the voices of some of the greatest contemporary authors. Each of them was asked to make up a piece of this pathway, writing a story starting from the suggestion deriving from the encounter with some religious and non-religious buildings of the territory, mostly built near small villages, each with its own history and identity. Transposed into audio form by the authors themselves, these stories return to the places that generated them and can be listened to through seven works of art, specifically conceived by Vittorio Corsini and installed inside the bell tower of the Church of San Verano, the Church of Madonna del Carmine and the Church of Le Serre in Peccioli, in the Church of San Giorgio in Cedri, in the Chapel of Santi Rocco and Sebastiano in Fabbrica, in the Oratory of Santissima Annunziata in Ghizzano, in the Cinema Passerotti in Peccioli.

VOCI: by Vittorio Corsini in cooperation with Laura Bosio, Mauro Covacich, Maurizio de Giovanni, Romano De Marco, Fabio Genovesi, Ferruccio Parazzoli, Laura Pugno.

Church of Madonna delle Serre – Peccioli

Ehxibition venues

Church of Madonna del Carmine in Piazza del Carmine in Peccioli; Church of Le Serre by the rural area Le Serre; Bell Tower of the Church of San Verano in Piazza del Popolo 1 in Peccioli, Cinema Passerotti Viale Mazzini 2, in Peccioli in; Church of San Giorgio in Via di Cedri in Cedri; Oratory of Santissima Annunziata in Via Santa Maria in Ghizzano; Church of Santi Rocco and Sebastiano in Via Vittorio Veneto in Fabbrica.

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Tourist information office of the municipality of Peccioli, tel. + 39 0587 936423.

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“Bastone” by Federico De Leonardis

Federico De Leonardis, Bastone, 1996, brick engraving, Peccioli, via Bastioni

Bastone by Federico De Leonardis depicts a walking stick carved into the bricks. The stick is the typical support for elderly walkers, the scratch in the wall seems to eternalize this indispensable companion, which in our imagination recreates the multiple walks along the same street. This furrow encloses the act of walking, crystallizes it forever. It immobilizes the action of walking but at the same time repeats it endlessly.

Porta Volterrana gate

Porta Volterrana gate is located in the middle of the street today called via Carraia. Its arch is still visible today: solid thus far like in ancient times, it was used mainly to let carriages access the castle, hence, precisely, the name it later assumed.

From this gate one reached the road to Volterra, Siena and Rome and it is said in an ancient letter, traced in the archive of a convent in Pisa, that a friar from Siena, author of that letter, invited one of his confreres, who had to reach him from Pisa, not to pass through Peccioli because, he said, they had made him pay a very high “toll”

Next to the Porta Volterrana gate both a watchtower, in a squared shape, transformed into a house, and a walkway, now called Via Bastioni, are still visible.

“Ospiti” (Guests), a sculpture by Irene Fortuyn/Robert O’Brien in Ghizzano

Fortuyn/O’Brien, “Ospiti” (Guests), 1997, marble, Ghizzano

Guests is a work signed by the couple Fortuyn / O’Brien (Irene Fortuyn and the prematurely deceased Robert O’Brien). It is located in Ghizzano and it consists of two stone benches with extremely pure lines. The two marble sculptures, identical to one other, are placed in front of the façade of the Oratory of Santissima Annunziata. On each bench there are five identical cylinders. Simple and essential elements, volumetric shapes and pure lines, respect for the sense of symmetry and an elegant profile recall the architectural simplicity of the façade. The work becomes the emblem of a mystical sensitivity, communicating a stillness with a sacred flavor. The two benches are like occupied, full and inhospitable seats and they are not really made for sitting on.

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