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Impressions on the guided tour to the alchemical park of Pratolino on 30 June 2018

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Impressions on the guided tour to the alchemical park of Pratolino on 30 June 2018

A warm thank you goes to Enrico Gotti, who wrote this comment after visiting the alchemical park of Pratolino on June 30th!

With Costanza Riva in the large park of the disappeared villa of Francesco I dei Medici and Bianca Cappello in Pratolino: a tragic love story, which after their sudden death, saw the destruction of the villa, the waterways, the caves and the results of cutting-edge engineering, labyrinths, today perhaps unrepeatable if not with augmented reality. All according to the direction of an alchemical theater unique in the world. A long and wide exploration during a sunny and windy day, with the guide and the passion of Costanza and the joy shared in our wandering group to perceive the great alchemical theater that underlies caves, statues, buildings, breathtaking parks; images, sounds and smells, metaphors like the huge statue of “Appennino” by Giambologna, orphan of the cave, which comes out towards the light crushing the monsters inside it with its big hand; the man and the woman who, platonically, turn to the light that animated them instead of looking at the shadows of the caves. That millennial breath of many cultures, a spider web that reflected a rainbow, which surprisingly projected itself from the transparent glass of the lantern onto the wall of the small church, not surprisingly hexagonal, in the form of vivid Dante flames.