Betwixt conversation of your sober poplars,
and the silence of the cypresses, or villa,
still solemn on the horizon ruling
with calm grave majesty.
A Lucca-born poet, Cosimo Giorgieri Contri, moves into the 1900s in the
detached enchantment of the ancient ducal villa of Massa, which
belonged to the Cybo Malaspina family.
Rinchiostra: island enclosed in the heart of the vibrant urban fabric, in the evening you elicit memories and from your lofty terrace of candid Apuan marble you open your gaze over the majestic Alps. Not too distant, the sea wafts a brackish breeze.
And in the feeble light of the last romantic crepuscularism the poet sings about October laziness and lost lines of roses that a certain Guido Gozzano would have loved so much.
A light step echoes once more in the centuries-old park, echoing secrets that recall a spring once spent and a woman’s face illuminated by a rising moon.
What happened in the villa, three hundreds years ago, to that girl so much in love? Why did her thoughtful iris gaze shut down? Where are the reckless duke and Princess Teresa now, that young Roman bride? Do noblefolk still come from Lucca or Fiorenza to rest among the lilies and cypress trees still happily at home at La Rinchiostra?
Today, as a treasure chest, the seventeenth-century
villa, positioned on the marine plane of Massa, contains in its
underground crypt and among its striking ancient pillars marble carved
with infinite expertise by "GIGI", the distinguished sculptor in the Apuan
Alps, in France and around the world.
More than forty works, donated to his birthplace, relate the master artist’s entire career.
The unexpected white sculptures take visitors by surprise and the wealth of varied forms are made with a levity that plays with feelings and captures emotions in their interesting relationship with the light.
The mountains were in front of us, obscured by the clouds, but majestic.John Ruskin