Rose di Pietra is a new kind of agriturismo. Part art gallery and atelier, part farm and family home, it sits on a sunny hilltop overlooking the broad blue Mediterranean, amid a flourishing rose plantation. The original works of major avant-garde artists grace its rooms, and appear throughout the grounds, growing up spontaneously from the soil like strange new plants among the roses and the age-old olive trees.
This is an essential landscape, refined by human hands and by the seasons. Farmers tended these olives for generations, and built the ancient terrace walls of pink and ochre limestone that flow down towards the sea. The roses grown here – Pierre de Ronsard, Ambience, Gypsy Curiosa – are historic varietals perfected over the years, and recently saved from extinction. The sculptures themselves have history, a rich past: work-scarred sickles like slender new moons, outdoor lamps like lightningbolts, bicycles playfully warped and intertwined. Discarded objects rescued from oblivion, and given new life as art.
Growth and creativity are tangible presences here, as tangible as the sunwarmed earth, the sea, the dense perfume of roses, the art that is continually created all around you. Rose di Pietra is a place not merely to visit but to become a part of – to learn new skills, find new rhythms. To discover beauty in unexpected places.