It was developed following community consultation to acknowledge the Italian contribution to McLaren Vale and to create a place for the all the community to enjoy. The Italian community has long been a part of this township. The early Italian settlers to McLaren Vale were industrious, particularly its viticulture industry. There continues to be a number of well-respected wineries in the region with names of Italian origin.
The concept of acknowledging the Italian contribution to McLaren Vale and creating a public space led to the proposal for an Italian-style town square, the 'Piazza', for the Main Street of McLaren Vale.
The piazza borders with the McLaren Vale Institute Hall, a heritage building with solid, stone walls. The piazza features sculptures, ceramics, art works, open areas, mosaics, garden spaces and a fountain. The art is a feature and compliment to the natural garden areas. With high quality workmanship on show throughout. The information plaques also tell stories and the background of the early Italian settlers. It is clear so much thought and inspiration has gone into this public space.The fountain was established by internationally renowned sculptor, Terrance Plowright. He was commissioned to create the water feature for the Piazza, which was unveiled in October 2012. There is also a large under cover area.
The fountain was established by internationally renowned sculptor, Terrance Plowright.
McLaren Vale was once described by Sunday Mail columnist and 891 radio host Peter Goers, as having the ugliest main street in the country. I wonder if Peter would reconsider this if visiting McLaren Vale today?
The Piazza della Valle was officially opened by Premier Jay Wetherill MP, Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg and Vicki Osland from the Piazza della Valle Italian Heritage Association on 6 November 2011. The project was completed in two stages, with funding support from the state government's Places for People program. The local community also raised money via sponsorship and fund raising events.
It is a peaceful space and the venue is also available for hire for community and private events. It has been host to Christmas carols and other local events. To book the Piazza for a private event phone Sharna Petrucci at the McLaren Vale Institute Hall on 8323 8395.