The wood known as Bosco di Sant'Antonio near Pescocostanzo, L'Aquila, is not a dense forest but "treed pastureland" where centuries-old beech trees with monumental trunks shaped like candelabra form a weave of light and shadow, creating open spaces in which horses and oxen find shelter from the summer sun.
The wood has plenty of openings and meadows, protected by local institutions and citizens who recognise its value as a “sacred” wood.
This is the first time the international Carlo Scarpa Award for Gardens has been presented to this type of landscape. The awards ceremony, seminar and exhibition inauguration will take place on May 12 in a Treviso, and the exhibition will stay open until July.
Photos courtesy of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche: Patrizia Boschiero, Roberto Gildi-Carsa Edizioni, Simonetta Zanon.
Aerial views: @ Roberto Monasterio-Carsa Edizioni courtesy of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche