Il Parco dei Mostri

The Sacred Grove was built in the 16th century by Vicino Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo as a memorial to his wife Giulia. Carved out of the local stone, this Mannerist garden is populated with fascinating huge sculptures of mythical creatures. The architect was Pirro Ligorio (he also completed parts of the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome after Michelangelo's death). After Vicino's death, the garden fell into oblivion. It waited for 300 years to be rediscovered. Many European artists, including my beloved Salvador Dali, were inspired by the garden in the 1930's, but the restoration didn't happen until 1953 when the local art appreciator decided to wake up the monsters. The garden is full of symbolism and philosophical thoughts. There is also notable inspiration from poets like Dante and Petrarch. Il Sacro Bosco is truly one of the most remarkable places I've ever seen. If you're a dreamy soul looking for magic in this world, this is the right place for you.


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