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Bomarzo Monster Park. Monsters, mythological creatures and giants, made from stone, in a beautiful maze of an Italian garden.
Salvador Dali was a fan, which says alot about the surreal aspect of the park.
The Sacro Bosco, or the Park of the Monsters, a Mannerist monumental garden located in Bomarzo, was intended not to please, but to astonish, like many Manneristic works of art.
The gardens were created during the 16th century by Pier Francesco Orsini, a patron of the arts, greatly devoted to his wife Giulia Farnese. When she died,the gardens were designed in her memory.
During the nineteenth century, the gardens became overgrown and neglected. But,, in the 1970’s, a program of restoration was implemented by the Bettini family, and today the garden is a major tourist attraction.
Designed by Pirro Ligorio, and the sculptures are attributed to Simone Moschino.
Quotes written on the statues:
‘Sol per sfogare il Core (‘Just to set the heart free’)
‘All Thoughts Fly’ (written on the Orcus, with its mouth wide open).
- A fountain of Pegasus, the winged horse.
- Two sirens, probably Proserpina, wife of Pluto.
- Orcus, with its mouth wide open and on whose upper lip it is inscribed “All Thoughts Fly”, which is illustrated by the fact that the acoustics of the mouth mean that any whisper made inside is clearly heard by anyone standing at the base of the steps.
- A whale.
- Two bears.
- A dragon attacked by lions.
- Proteus with weapons of Orsini.
- Hannibal’s elephant catching a Roman legionary.
- A turtle with a winged woman on its back.
- A small theater of Nature
- A giant who brutally shreds a character.
- A fountain called Pegasus.
- A sleeping nymph.
- The giant fruit, cones and basins
- The Leaning House : dedicated to cardinal Cardinal Madruzzo, who was a friend of Orsini and his wife.
- The Temple of Eternity : memorial to Giulia Farnese, located at the top of the garden, it is an octagonal building with a mixture of classical, Renaissance and Etruscan genres. It currently houses the tombs of Giovanni Bettini and Tina Severi, the owners who restored the garden in the twentieth century.
Within one hour from Rome, this would make a brilliant day trip.
Take a picnic, a map, and the whole family.