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Colletto FavaWhat is it? A 5,000 foot hill in Italy's Piedmont region. Although it was just an unremarkable part of the landscape before, it now plays host to a giant stuffed pink rabbit.
The giant pink bunny is property of the group of artists known as Gelitin. These four men come from Vienna, Austria and have made themselves famous by constructing absurd art projects. This bunny was five years in the making and was completed in 2005. The animal lays on its back and is about 200 feet long and six feet high on its sides. It is supposed to serve not only as a tourist attraction, but as a rest stop for hikers on the hill. The group predicts it will last until 2025, when "the pink puppet (made of straw-stuffed fabric) will be swallowed by the weather, devoured by cattle, completely erased by the weather and nature." This is how Gelitin describes what they have done here: "The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent; and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy. The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbit's body, a country dropped from the sky; ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver and intestines. Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel. Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside. Such is the happiness which made this rabbit. I love the rabbit the rabbit loves me."
How to Get There
On the Train - on the Turin route - Savona, Mondovì is the nearest train station.
On a Plane - The closests international airports are Turino - 2 hours away by car, Genova - 2 hours away by car, Nice - 3 hours away by car
Lat/Long 44˚ 14' 39.00"N 7˚ 46' 11.13" E
Where to Stay around Colletto Fava
There are plenty of beautiful hotels around the Piedmont region within driving distance of Colletto Fava. Some to think about are:
Hotel La Palma.
Italy is known for its delicious cuisine and the Piedmont region is known for its use of the highly valued black and white truffles. Some recommended restaurants in the area are:
Dei Cacciatori da Cesare where the chef bases his dishes around the use of the truffle.
Combal Zero where the view is beautiful and the food is wacky and new.
Trattoria nelle Vigne where you can dine on local favorites while taking in the view of a vineyard.