Bomarzo – Park of Monsters

The Parco dei Mostri (or the Park of Monsters) is a fascinating garden below the medieval town of Bomarzo. Writers, poets and creatives from all around the world have visited this garden.

Bomarzo is a village in Lazio at the foot of Mount Cimino. It’s possesses a unique work, the Villa of Marvels, also called the Sacred Wood or Park of Monsters.

lt was designed by Prince Vicino Orsini and the great architect Pirro Ligorio in 1552. The Prince of Bomarzo dedicated himself to creating an eccentric “wood” having the blocks of peperino emerging from the ground sculpted into enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons, mythological subjects and exotic animals, a crooked house, a funerary temple, fountains, seats and obelisks with carved mottoes and inscriptions.

Everything is invented with iconological criteria which escape even the most impassioned scholars, a labyrinth of symbols which envelopes anyone who enters. After the death of Vicino Orsini nobody took charge of the place and it only began to be appreciated by intellectuals and artists such as Claude Lorrain, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Salvador Dali, Mario Praz and Maurizio Calvesi after centuries of neglect.

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Pictures by © Alessandro Mangione | 2015 | Canon EOS 60D - 28mm
Bomarzo (VT) - Jul, 2015 Bomarzo - Park of Monsters Culture