World’s biggest maze opens in Italy

The world’s biggest maze opened in Italy on Thursday, in the town of Fontanellato in the northern province of Parma.

Labirinto Fontanellato – largest maze in the world in Italy

With an area of 8 hectares, the maze is made up of over 200,000 bamboo plants measuring up to 5m high, creating over 3km of inside paths for visitors to explore and get lost in.

The maze is the creation of Italian publisher and art collector Franco Maria Ricci, who created the maze as part of a promise he made to Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges back in 1977. Not only does the site house the largest maze in the world, but also the headquarters of Ricci’s publishing house, a museum and a library. The museum is home to over 500 paintings, sculptures and artworks dating from between the 16th and 20th centuries, while the library has a colossal collection of over 15,000 volumes on art history.

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