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Emanuele RelaIl porcino di Mario (Mario's Mushroom)

Emanuele Rela
italy (1977)

Il porcino di Mario (Mario's Mushroom), 2021
stone (umbrella) pine

The sculpture was made from the trunk of an old ‘Stone (Umbrella) Pine’ tree that fell one night in a storm in Lucca. The woodcutter/artist Emanuele Rela used a chainsaw to give form to fond childhood memories when he admired and marveled at the fruits of the forest found by his father on his land in Mediavalle del Serchio, in the province of Lucca. It is a tribute to treasured people and places. Have you ever seen a 500kg porcino mushroom? We are certain you have never found one this big!

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Emanuele Rela
italy (1977)


Emanuele Rela was born in Barga in 1977. He grew up in a family with healthy values and traditional principles. His mother was a housewife, his father a woodman and builder.
From childhood he followed his father and uncles into the woods to cut wood for the local sawmills. He grew up surrounded by the beauty of nature, breathing it in and inspiring him for his work in middle age.
Work took him away from his beloved woods but in 2008 he felt a strong call to go back and so returned to his origins
Following his father’s footsteps he started his own business cutting and selling timber even using the “tree climbing” technique for pruning and cutting down tall
One Saturday of rest from work, a large and smooth chestnut trunk caught his attention and he transformed it into a planter: it is the first in a long series of objects that will beautify the family farmhouse and the homes of his closest friends. Chairs, squirrels, hatches, increasingly beautiful and finished mushrooms, made with the usual and beloved chainsaw
In 2020, while visiting the park with his wife, he had the opportunity to meet the owner Piero Giadrossi, who commissioned the “Il Porcino di Mario“. The work entered the park the following year, with immense pride from Emanuele and his family.



By paved road from Siena, take the SP408 to Ponte a Bozzone. Turn left at the church and follow the signs for Pievasciata / Sculpture Park. We are about 15 km from Siena.


The walk round the Park is about 1,5 km and it is suitable for baby buggies and wheelchair users. Upon request we offer a tour of the Park in an electric buggy for those with mobility issues. Contact us for further information.


Open every day (including Sundays and holidays) from 10am to 6pm. Last entry one hour before closing.

Tickets: €10 adults | € 5 reduced – under 18 yrs | Free 0-4 yrs

Booking is not necessary. The Chianti Sculpture Park APP – available for free on Apple Store and Google Play Store – is an excellent audio guide!


Groups of more than 12 people are asked to book entry in advance, to facilitate organisation.

Guided tours are available in Italian and English upon reservation.


The visit to the Park lasts an hour and a half on average and it is absolutely suitable for children! Our four-legged friends are welcome providing they are kept on a lead and any ‘deposits’ are removed! The park does not have a restaurant, but we will be happy to recommend some restaurants that can be reached by car in a few minutes. A picnic area is available.

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Strada provinciale 9, 48
53019 Pievasciata - Castelnuovo Berardenga (Si)
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