Sacro Bosco, Bomarzo

November 27, 2017 | Activities, Italy, Rome, Tuscany & Umbria

The Sacred Wood of Bomarzo, commonly known as the Park of the Monsters (Parco dei Mostri), near Viterbo in north Lazio is filled with grotesque, larger-than-life sculptures of animals and mythological figures: sphinxes, lions, a tortoise, a war elephant, a dragon, an ogre, a winged horse, Venus, Neptune, Hercules and Caco, and more. Commissioned by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini in the mid-16th century and designed by the Mannerist architect Pirro Ligorio, the park lay derelict for centuries until an overhaul in the second half of the 20th century restored it to the public domain. Today Bomarzo is a popular tourist destination and an easy day trip from Rome and Perugia.

Recommended by:

Laura Clarke

Contact Details:

Località Giardino, 01020 Bomarzo, VT /

2 responses to “Sacro Bosco, Bomarzo”

  1. MumAbroad says:

    Hidden gem in the middle of Umbria, just 2 hours from Rome. I recommend going by car as when you get off the train, the site is a good distance away. (LC)

  2. MumAbroad says:

    While parents may cringe at the admission prices, kids will love running amuck along the park’s lanes and lawns, though climbing trees on the statues is forbidden. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it to get your money’s worth. (Elizabeth Heath)

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