Bosco Arte Stenico

A Trentino experience for everyone

In Trentino, land art is for everyone. 

Bosco Arte Stenico is a totally accessible nature and art trail organised to accommodate people with motor disabilities as well as the blind and visually impaired


Moving without barriers 

Bosco Arte Stenico has no architectural barriers and anyone can visit it: families with children and trekking buggies, the elderly and people with disabilities

The path is circular, with no differences in level and no bottlenecks or passage difficulties. At several points along the trail there are tables, benches, toilets and drinking fountains accessible to wheelchair users.

The surface of the path is not asphalted but is smooth and a person in a wheelchair can walk along it independently. There are no steps or ramps that would make the walk difficult to use.

Even the viewpoint, which overlooks Stenico Castle, can be reached safely by everyone. 

Moreover, every 150 metres there is a bench that can offer a moment of refreshment for those who need to rest during the walk. 

To admire the interweaving of art and woodland, simply drive to the car park that overlooks the entrance reserved for people with motor disabilities. From there, the adventure begins, whether you travel independently or not, alone or accompanied. 

Art installation by Bosco Arte Stenico. A natural amphitheatre, in which stone steps follow the slope of the mountain. On the steps are four human figures, seated two by two. They are wooden statues, facing the arena of the amphitheatre, where there is a perfectly oval pool of water and, behind it, a fan of tall wooden columns. All around, pine, larch and beech trees. In the distance, white and grey clouds fill the sky and cover the mountain, which only peeps out occasionally where the clouds open up.

Hearing and "feeling" the installations

Bosco Arte Stenico is also designed to accommodate blind and visually impaired people who, accompanied by guides, can touch the installations to recognise form and texture.

In these situations, the presence of a guide is obligatory both to move around safely and to listen to the history and characteristics of the works. 

The maps you encounter along the way are carved in wood. They do not have Braille inscriptions, but can be touched and give tactile information on how the route unfolds. 

It is not essential to see the works to know them. Here, art has found other ways to reach everyone. 


How to access Bosco Arte Stenico

You can visit the path independently, but it is compulsory to book

Up to five people, the trail is free with an offer: above five people, however, there is an obligation to take a guided tour

In the centre of the picture, an installation by Bosco Arte Stenico. The statue is on the side of the path: behind, fir and beech trees, through whose branches the sun's rays pass, seeming to illuminate the environment as if it were a stage, with the statue in the centre. The statue is composed of two elements, rising from the same base. The smaller one resembles an animal standing on two legs, perhaps a dog. The taller one, were it not wood, would look like a spiral of smoke at the top of which is a kind of head with a pointed nose.
Five tall wooden columns stand out in the forest, on a misty day with little light. At the top of each column is a statue, also made of wood. In the statue in the foreground, two human figures, one male and one female, appear to be emerging from a wooden stump: their heads are leaning back and their left arm is raised, like a wing. In the statue on the right, two legs emerge from squared wooden stumps. The two statues in the background are faces with a strange headdress that spirals upwards: their mouths are open, they seem to be shouting. Finally, in the statue on the left, no human parts are visible: only wood, as if metamorphosis had not yet begun here.
Five large spheres of intertwined branches fill the image. Straight branches and trunks emerge from each, like rays of a woody sun. One of these installations, the one furthest to the left, is actually a hemisphere: the impression is that it is emerging from the ground, or sinking. Around it, the forest. In the background, the grey sky of a cloudy day.
Art installation by Bosco Arte Stenico. The work of art is an intertwining of branches that evokes a human figure: its long arms are stretched out to embrace two trees, one on its right and one on its left. At the top, a wooden stump larger than the branches from which the work is made looks like the head of that half-man, half-tree figure.
Bosco Arte Stenico, on a sunny day when the rays create plays of light through the branches of the trees. On the side of the path, to the right of the image, two wooden statues. The one in the foreground, perhaps as tall as a man, could be a chimera: an owl's face, long horns resembling the antennae of an ant, its body seemingly wrapped in a tunic. The statue in the background, on the other hand, is smaller and resembles an apple core with a short stalk at the top.
A section of the Bosco Arte Stenico trail on a summer day. A group of boys and girls, of middle school age, are visiting the forest. The group has split up to observe two installations, one in the foreground, one in the background. With them is an adult figure, perhaps the teacher. Behind two of the children is a wheelchair, demonstrating that the path is also suitable for people with mobility impairments.

Where borders thin out

In Trentino, art and nature intertwine. 

Bosco Arte Stenico is an example of land art in which there is no real separation between the works and the landscape: along a path of about 2 kilometres through pines, larches and beeches, you can admire over a hundred art installations.

Statues and installations sprout from the grass, embrace trunks, cling to branches. They dialogue with the elements of the forest and, at the same time, with you who walk through it. 

The works themselves arise from nature, like an extension of it. 

The wood they are made of comes from cleaning larch, lime, pine, oak and spruce trees. It is all recycled material: each artist chooses only what the forest no longer needs, respecting its space and balance. 

It is as if the forest itself decides which branches and roots to grant to art. 

The life of the works also adapts to natural rhythms. The installations and statues are not maintained. They are born in the forest and in the forest they die. They absorb rain, snow, they experience the passing of the seasons like trees, like birds' nests.  

In this path, there is no separation between what art constructs and what forms spontaneously in nature. The sun filtering through the leaves seems to change the shape of the works minute by minute, the trickling of the fountain gives rhythm to the path. 

Respect for nature, respect for people

Bosco Arte Stenico is a place where everything lives in a delicate balance with the elements around it. Like every work of art and nature, it requires care and great attention. It is a place that welcomes everyone, a sensitive place where the story that art and the forest tell is made of wood and the scent of resin.

A small group of people, probably a family, consult a map before starting to explore Bosco Arte Stenico. In the image there are three children, two boys and a girl, a woman and a man in an electric wheelchair. Behind him, the forest path reproduced on a wooden panel, with an arrow indicating the direction to take to reach the beginning of the trail. It is a summer day, everyone is wearing light clothes and the sky is veiled by clouds that make the shadows soft.

Bosco Arte Stenico

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Published on 10/04/2024