Getting lost in Parma in the biggest world's maze

Getting lost in Parma the biggest world's maze

 

The world got the biggest maze and it is located in Fontanellato in the northern Province of Parma. The labyrinth has been conceived by the Italian publisher and art collector Franco Maria Ricci and spreads around eight hectares. Modelled with 200,000 bamboo plants measuring up to five metres in height to a total of three kilometres of inside paths, it is the result of a promise made by Ricci to Jorge Luis Borges in 1977. In the poetics of the Argentine writer, the maze is indeed an allegory of the complexity of a world that logic can not understand. Thirty-eight years ago, he suggested to Franco Maria Ricci the idea of giving a concrete, real face to this concept and challenge. 
 
The site also includes the headquarters of the publishing house Franco Maria Ricci and a museum containing 500 paintings, sculptures and art and design objects dating from the 16th to the 20th century. There is also a library containing 15,000 volumes on art history and the entire collection of works printed by the 18th-century Parma typographer and publisher Giambattista Bodoni, who designed the serif typeface of the same name.
 
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