Bomarzo

Bomarzo

Bomarzo is known for the so-called Parco dei Mostri, also called Sacro Bosco (holy wood). This sixteenth century landscape garden is a sculpture parc full of extraordinary statues, which is probably created by the nobleman Pier Francesco Orsini. The often remarkeble sculptures have inspired artists like Carel Willink, Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dal

The park is not designed to please, but to surprise. Like in many works from this time, there is a lot of mysterious symbolism in the sculptures. For example in the large sculpture of one of Hannibal’s elephants, that crushes a Roman legionnaire.

There seems to be no rational plan in the places where the statues appear, they look as if they are placed at random in the area, ‘sol sfogare per il Core’ (just to set the heart free), as the inscription on an obelisk says.

Distance from Podere Luchiano ca. 20 km / 25 minutes by car.