Park of the Monsters

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  • Day1

    Parco di Bomarzo

    May 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The sacred park of Bomarzo is home to 38 fantastic and scary sculptures. The area was the idea of a prince in 1552 and the statues were sculpted on site.

    We arrived around lunch time and were welcomed by a thunder and hail storm, it was quite noisy and wet, so we decided to go for lunch and wait it (hopefully) out. An incredibly nice meal (Ristorante La Molinella, you were amazing) later, we tried our luck to the park again as the storm had stopped.

    The sky was an incredible shade of blue, which worked perfectly against the colour of the wet grass and the sculptures. Due to the storm, the park was basically empty, making the walk even better!

    I hadn't been here since I was about 8 and had been wanting to go again for a while now. I didn't regret it for a second!
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  • Day33

    Parco dei Mostri, Bomarzo

    October 1, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Our second stop today was a park built in the 16th century called Parco dei Mostri, the Park of the Monsters, in the Garden of Bomarzo. It was commissioned in 1552 by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini as an expression of grief designed to shock.

    The Prince had just been through a brutal war, had his friend killed, been held for ransom for years, and come home only to have his beloved wife die. Racked with grief, he wanted to create a shocking “Villa of Wonders” and hired architect Pirro Ligorio to help him do so. Ligorio was a widely respected architect and artist and had previously completed the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Rome after the death of Michelangelo.

    The park is filled with bizarre and fascinating sculptures, most of which have survived the test of time. Among the pieces are a war elephant, a monstrous fish-head, a giant tearing another giant in half, and a house built on a tilt to disorient the viewer. The most recongisable piece in the garden is an enormous head, mouth opened wide in a scream. The accompanying inscription reads “all reason departs” and it is known as the Mouth of Hell.

    While there is no way of truly knowing how the Prince felt about the park, the final addition indicates that perhaps he was getting over his melancholy. Built 20 years after the park was begun, it is not a monster but a temple, built to honor his second wife.

    It was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon before making our way back to our B&B castle for one more night.
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  • Day231

    Bomarzo, Italy

    April 25, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    "Mostri Park": Surreal and fantasy sculptures in a garden seeing! Awesome exhibit!

    Plus, we were fortunate and lucky to single into Bomarzo during the "Il Palio", a famous horse race among the local municipalities, that included a parade of the participants all wearing medieval regalia. Super super super cool, and one of our best memories. Watson, however, was scared sh*tless from the loud find and trumpets in the parade and Caylor had to leave the parade too calm Watson down.Read more

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Park of the Monsters, Parco dei Mostri