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Borges' maze

Borges' maze

Outside of the usual tourists’ routes, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is certainly one of the most authentic places where to go to learn the true spirit of Venice. Here, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jorge Louis Borges’ death, one of the most popular and celebrated Argentine writers, you can visit the magnificent Borges’ maze, a detailed reconstruction of the garden-maze that the British architect Randoll Coate designed in honor of the writer in the Eighties.

Inspired by “The Garden of the Forking Paths”, one of the most beautiful stories by Borges, the garden is composed of more than 3.000 plants that reproduce the poet's name, as if it were written on the pages of a huge book.
One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the homage to the blindness of this famous writer: in fact, the visually impaired can read his story recounted in braille and recorded on a railing that will be installed in the garden to help the blind people in navigating the streets, a guide to the exit designed for people who cannot see. From the 50’s Borges was blind too and he was able, thanks to his talent and his creativity, to transform this sad situation in a truly inspirational thing for his art.
The Borges’ maze is a permanent work of the Cini Foundation and it will use for the multi-annual programming of cultural events of various kinds.
The maze is open to the public. From Monday to Friday: guided tours by appointment only; on Saturday and Sunday, the maze is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (visits every hour). For reservations or more information please call Civita Triveneto 041 22 01 215 or contact