Villa la Guardiola – Marciana (LI) Isola d’Elba

THE ARTIST

Giuseppe Camerini

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, BLOOMING VINES
In memory of Giuseppe Camerini

Paths, paths, my paths,
that traverse Elba,
stone paths that I still cross.

Between the branches a strip of sky
and the sea is never revealed.

At least just to that bend
where I have arrived to find out
and also how much would remain.
Between the branches and the sky the same path,
but another bend emerges from afar (…)

G. Camerini

Footprints in the sand, blooming vines

Engineer Giuseppe Camerini walked his beloved paths on the island of Elba an infinite number of times, trails so dear to the point of inspiring him in his poetry, books, sculptures, and bold reflections: each portion of the Elban land, made of air, sky and sea, was an opportunity to give life to a work of art destined to last over time.

The vision of this man, Milanese by birth but an adopted Elban, is best embraced with one’s gaze, walking in his woods, where the “Engineer” would often retire to enjoy the blue, that “strip of sky” that peeps out between the branches of the Mediterranean scrub, almost blending in with the Elban waters. His paths in the Guardiola Park in Procchio look after and unveil the precious patrimony of an eclectic individual, introverted and generous, who lived respecting nature, guarding its secrets.

It is a dense network of beaten tracks, marked out, cleaned, and maintained with his own hands over the course of his lifetime, especially in the latter part when he was dedicated to preserving this place so that everyone could enjoy it. It is his stone paths that “traverse Elba”, shaded pathways lit by strawberry trees where those who go there can find his Monumento alla terra elbana (Monument to the Elban Land), not just shrub and holm oak, arrive at Valle mira (Charming Valley), meditate at the Pianoro della lontananza (Plateau of Distance) , or admire other works of art discretely disseminated in the thick Mediterranean scrub. An enchanted place, Guardiola Park, where his still-fresh footprints continue to lead the way for many, inviting them to contemplate, breathing in deeply the salty air.

Everything that the Engineer—as he was affectionately and deservedly called—leaves us with has an aura of intrinsic beauty. Safeguarding those 27 hectares was not his only dream: in 1990 he began producing quality wines enhancing the Elban area. From the intuition of this brilliant mind, came the idea for the Cantina Cecilia, the island’s flagship winery, found just behind a small pink farm called La Casina—in the village of La Pila—just a few hundred kilometres from Marina da Campo, the beating heart of the business. This beloved activity is now carried on by his nephews Lorenzo and Renato. Producing over 65,000 bottles per year, Ansonica, Vermentino, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Syrah and Aleatico are just some of the vines cultivated. In the nearby town of I Marmi, a farmhouse proudly overlooks the vineyards and the island of Montecristo (his Oglasa, also the name of one of the fine red wines from the Cantina), where the Aleatico, Moscato Bianco, Sangiovese and Ansonica grow. The Engineer is still here through Altro—a wine made through a traditional vinification dear to him—and in the Cecilia graphic image, created by revisiting a geometric principle by the famous physicist and mathematician Roger Penrose. Even the Foundation’s logo named after him incorporates a motif, a graphic design entitled “Forma” (“Shape”), “I called it this because of its exemplary harmony”, he said.

A life, his, built on the search for balance and harmony. Harmony of nature, harmony of mathematics, harmony of a memory, that of the Engineer, which will continue to live on thanks to the indissoluble links between his footprints and the paths of “his Elba”. An island that remains in the heart, just like him.

Today, the task of the Giuseppe Camerini Foundation is to take care of and pass on his artistic, spiritual and cultural heritage.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, BLOOMING VINES
In memory of Giuseppe Camerini

Paths, paths, my paths,
that traverse Elba,
stone paths that I still cross.

Between the branches a strip of sky
and the sea is never revealed.

At least just to that bend
where I have arrived to find out
and also how much would remain.
Between the branches and the sky the same path,
but another bend emerges from afar (…)

G. Camerini

Footprints in the sand, blooming vines

Engineer Giuseppe Camerini walked his beloved paths on the island of Elba an infinite number of times, trails so dear to the point of inspiring him in his poetry, books, sculptures, and bold reflections: each portion of the Elban land, made of air, sky and sea, was an opportunity to give life to a work of art destined to last over time.

The vision of this man, Milanese by birth but an adopted Elban, is best embraced with one’s gaze, walking in his woods, where the “Engineer” would often retire to enjoy the blue, that “strip of sky” that peeps out between the branches of the Mediterranean scrub, almost blending in with the Elban waters. His paths in the Guardiola Park in Procchio look after and unveil the precious patrimony of an eclectic individual, introverted and generous, who lived respecting nature, guarding its secrets.

It is a dense network of beaten tracks, marked out, cleaned, and maintained with his own hands over the course of his lifetime, especially in the latter part when he was dedicated to preserving this place so that everyone could enjoy it. It is his stone paths that “traverse Elba”, shaded pathways lit by strawberry trees where those who go there can find his Monumento alla terra elbana (Monument to the Elban Land), not just shrub and holm oak, arrive at Valle mira (Charming Valley), meditate at the Pianoro della lontananza (Plateau of Distance) , or admire other works of art discretely disseminated in the thick Mediterranean scrub. An enchanted place, Guardiola Park, where his still-fresh footprints continue to lead the way for many, inviting them to contemplate, breathing in deeply the salty air.

Everything that the Engineer—as he was affectionately and deservedly called—leaves us with has an aura of intrinsic beauty. Safeguarding those 27 hectares was not his only dream: in 1990 he began producing quality wines enhancing the Elban area. From the intuition of this brilliant mind, came the idea for the Cantina Cecilia, the island’s flagship winery, found just behind a small pink farm called La Casina—in the village of La Pila—just a few hundred kilometres from Marina da Campo, the beating heart of the business. This beloved activity is now carried on by his nephews Lorenzo and Renato. Producing over 65,000 bottles per year, Ansonica, Vermentino, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Syrah and Aleatico are just some of the vines cultivated. In the nearby town of I Marmi, a farmhouse proudly overlooks the vineyards and the island of Montecristo (his Oglasa, also the name of one of the fine red wines from the Cantina), where the Aleatico, Moscato Bianco, Sangiovese and Ansonica grow. The Engineer is still here through Altro—a wine made through a traditional vinification dear to him—and in the Cecilia graphic image, created by revisiting a geometric principle by the famous physicist and mathematician Roger Penrose. Even the Foundation’s logo named after him incorporates a motif, a graphic design entitled “Forma” (“Shape”), “I called it this because of its exemplary harmony”, he said.

A life, his, built on the search for balance and harmony. Harmony of nature, harmony of mathematics, harmony of a memory, that of the Engineer, which will continue to live on thanks to the indissoluble links between his footprints and the paths of “his Elba”. An island that remains in the heart, just like him.

Today, the task of the Giuseppe Camerini Foundation is to take care of and pass on his artistic, spiritual and cultural heritage.