Bomarzo’s Parco dei Mostri (Park of the Monsters) was constructed in the 16th century by Prince Vicino Orsini, and holds a timeless appeal for both children and adults.
The garden is a sublime, otherworldly dreamland of massive creations of the imagination. The surreal statues and carvings are only enhanced by their location in a wooded area at the bottom of a valley, with a stream flowing through the site.
The overall effect is that of an amusement fair with surprises hidden behind each corner, only in this case the source of the mischief is a highly unusual expression of Renaissance-era creativity. Leaning houses that play delightful optical illusions when you enter, spooky creatures, and giant mysterious statues abound.
The garden was originally devised to astonish, a feat it still accomplishes to this day.
Bomarzo is roughly 100km from Rome and is easily accessible for day trips by car. The region is home to numerous scenic hilltop towns as well as some of the most impressive Etruscan ruins in existence. If you are to do one day trip from Rome, this is the place to go.
- Phone: 0761/924029
- Address:1½ km (1 mi) west of Bomarzo, Bomarzo, 01020