The Bosco della Ragnaia (Ragnaia Forest) is a special public park, on a hill near the small San Giovanni d’Asso village. Designed by American architect and landscape designer Sheppard Craige, it is an example of contemporary art and offers a varied range of places to explore between Siena’s hills.
Woody areas, a natural amphitheater “built” with cypresses and hedges, and a number of sculptures – including a few panels with familiar and enigmatic inscriptions – make for wonderful contemplative walks surrounded by nature, and inspire some deep thinking as well.
The Bosco della Ragnaia indeed offers aphorisms and simple statements that each visitor can interpret as he or she wishes.
There is even a book, with a metal cover that reads, “Things as they are”. Open it, and you will discover a single page that is a mirror facing the sky. It reminds us about Saint Paul’s famous words, <q>For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.</q>
A place for thought and beauty.