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Mauro BerrettiniLa pietra sospesa (THE SUSPENDED STONE)

Mauro Berrettini
Italy (1943)

La pietra sospesa (THE SUSPENDED STONE), 2001

The work of the Sienese sculptor Mauro Berrettini reflects on the relationships between man and myth, between art and nature. La Pietra Sospesa (The Suspended Stone) is part of a series called Entrances and is made up of two distinct but related parts, where the largest – in the shape of a portal – supports the large stone, while the second is a seat that allows you to admire the sculpture from a vantage point and works as an interactive element. This portal is one of those that discourages entering physically but which, however, invites you inside with your gaze and mind.
The treatment of travertine, quarried in Rapolano where the artist has his studio, creates different levels: there is a growing sense of movement that goes from the small stone under the observer’s “throne” to the large stone that crowns the top of the sculpture. The contrast between small and large, worked and rough, vertical and horizontal, full and empty gives the work a visual richness which is embellished by the color contrast between the sculpture and the vivid green of the surrounding park.
The large, suspended stone, which seems to be raised to the sky by the arms of an underground giant, shows us the structure of the rough travertine fresh from the quarry, not worked and polished as we usually see it in interior design. Berrettini’s general aim is to achieve harmony between ourselves and the world around us; since all of his works dialogue with nature, the Park is the ideal location.

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Mauro Berrettini
Italy (1943)


Mauro Berrettini was born in Buonconvento (Siena), Italy on 17 August 1943. He began studying drawing and sculpture with his father, Giordano, a stone mason with his own workshop in Siena. Mauro graduated from the Istituto d’arte di Siena, and the Liceo Artistico di Carrara. After teaching Artistic Education in state schools, he devoted several years solely to sculpture, his main interest being urban space where he created numerous installations mainly monumental. Several of his pieces were acquired for public display, as well as in museums and private collections, among them the Contemporary art museum, San Gimignano; Musée Calvet, Avignon (France); Museum of modern art in Aquila’s 15th century castle; Mine (Japan).



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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