Exploring myth and modernity in the heart of Sicily
Between Palermo and Messina stands a work of art that has quickly become an iconic site in the surrounding area. The Labirinto di Arianna (Ariadne’s Labyrinth), created by sculptor Italo Lanfredini for the open-air museum “Fiumara d’arte”, is a real spiral labyrinth inspired by the Greek myth of Theseus and Ariadne.
Located just a stone’s throw from the village of Castel di Lucio, on a hilltop between the Nebrodi and Madonie mountain ranges, exploring the exhibit is a physical and spiritual experience. One of 12 large installations in north-eastern Sicily, the work invites all who visit to ask themselves questions about their own personal existence, on an inward journey and a path of reflection that ends at the centre of the labyrinth, where you can find an olive tree, a symbol of wisdom and knowledge.
The Labirinto di Arianna, which is open daily with free admission, is accessible by car from all corners of Sicily thanks to the A20 motorway. Visitors arriving from Palermo can exit at Cefalù, while those who depart from Messina can take the exit for Santo Stefano di Camastra and follow the signs to Castel di Lucio.