The magic Garden of Daniel Spoerri

Garden of Daniel Spoerri, Maremma Tuscany

The Giardino di Daniel Spoerri is a lovely sculpture garden created by Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri in the early 1990s, and opened to the public in 1997. It is located in Seggiano, Maremma Tuscany, near Monte Amiata.

As of now, the estate features 103 installations by about 50 artists in an area of 16 hectares. Of these, 79 bronze artworks are by Spoerri himself. A relaxing and entertaining walk of about 3 hours is required to see all of these pieces of art.

Garden of Daniel Spoerri, Maremma Tuscany

At the entrance of the park you will find a Latin motto that reads “Hic Terminus Haeret”, which can be interpreted as “the end sticks here” as well as “the frontier/transition sticks here”. In fact, the word “Terminus” has ambiguous meanings. The verb “haeret” means “to stick like glue”, a fundamental material in Spoerri’s work.

Daniel Spoerri is a Swiss artist and writer born in Romania in 1930. He is best known for his snare-pictures, a type of assemblage or object art, in which he captures a group of objects, such as the remains of meals eaten by individuals, including the plates, silverware and glasses, all of which are fixed to the table or board, which is then displayed on a wall.

The Garden of Daniel Spoerri, Maremma Tuscany

The Garden is open from Easter to October, and only by appointment during fall/winter. The setting next to the luxurious vegetation of Mount Amiata is simply dreamy!

The Garden of Daniel Spoerri, Maremma Tuscany

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Maremma is also home to the mesmerizing Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle.

Discover Montieri: the heart of Maremma, Tuscany


Enjoy this 5-minute peek into Montieri, a lovely small town in Maremma: amazing sights, local organic food & wine, eco-friendly activities and local history

Originally posted on Simone Ducci:

That’s my short documentary about Montieri, which I made in collaboration with the municipality and many associations of this town.

Montieri is a small town situated in the heart of Maremma’s area, Tuscany.
It’s in a strategic position for its proximity to Siena, Florence and the Tuscan seaside.
Here you can find nice food and hospitality, but especially wild Nature to discover through all-day-long excursions.
Montieri is full of history and science, thanks to Its Geological features.

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Saffron: Tuscany’s red gold

Tuscany, including its southern territory known as Maremma, produces high quality, pure saffron.

Saffron flower & stigma image from

Saffron flower & stigmas image from

About 50 producers make the “Red Gold” in Maremma alone. Here, the cultivation of saffron dates back to medieval times, both as a plant for dyeing and for cooking.

The process of saffron production requires care and passion: the planting of the bulb-tuber and the harvesting of the flowers at dawn are traditionally made by hand.

Saffron is used to enrich first and main courses (both meat and fish) as well as desserts, and is also used to prepare tagliatelle, cookies, beer and body care products. In Maremma, it is often sold directly as stigmas (or threads) and not in powder.

Hand harvest of saffron - image from

Hand harvest of saffron – image from

To celebrate this precious product, every year the village of Marsiliana hosts the Sagra dello Zafferano (Saffron Festival) in August. This year, the event will take place from 13 to 19 August 2015.

A larger event, entirely dedicated to the Red Gold from all over Tuscany as well as other regions of Italy – called L’oro rosso della Val d’Orcia (Val d’Orcia’s red gold) – will take place in San Quirico d’Orcia (Siena) on 17 and 18 October 2015.

Palazzo Chigi will host the event in its ancient and charming building. The event, organized by ValdorciaLife, aims at promoting this niche product and all its related activities, such as saffron-based food, traditional meals and the best wines to be combined. Its objective is also the valorization of the local territory, inviting visitors to enjoy the Val d’Orcia and discover its charms even during the low season.

The program of the event includes delicious tastings of local products, a parade of Ferrari and Ducati vehicles, book and movie presentations, a medical convention on nutrition and food, live music, photography and painting exhibitions, trekking and sports activities in the beautiful setting of the Val d’Orcia Valley. Follow all updates on Facebook


Sources: Maremmans and Valdorcialife