Parco dei Mostri, Bomarzo

A place of myth, mystery, and horror, Parco dei Mostri was designed not to please, but to astonish. The park’s name stems from its many larger-than-life sculptures, which appear to be have been randomly strewn about the area. The symbolism of these Mannerist works of art is obscure, with figures of a turtle with a winged woman on its back, a huge elephant trampling a Roman legionary, and a dragon attacked by lions, to name just a few of the oddest examples. The layout of the lush garden, created in the 16th century, is attributed to architect Pirro Ligorio, and the sculptures to artist Simone Moschino. The garden, still a private property, has been a major tourist attraction since the 1970s. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. For Parco dei Mostri and beyond, use our Bomarzo holiday site to get the most from your Bomarzo vacation.
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  • steeped in history, certainly an impressive place and out of the ordinary. There had been years ago, but I saw with great pleasure. Beautiful and dreamlike various statues that populate it (excellent the Dragon and the elephant). Many unusual species reported to the historical period they belong to. To turn slowly. The effect in the crooked House is really unsettling and almost annoying. The kids had fun, but the place is definitely for everyone. 10 euros entrance (proportionately less expensive than when I had paid in pounds)
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  • Hats off to the monuments that I could see though sadly the coolest Park I was denied because movie. We paid €20 for tickets and we were driven out ignorantly by Director because my grandson of 3 years, like all children, he played. Nobody warned us of the movie-going otherwise we could decide to avoid given the conditions imposed. A real shame ... I was a real lady not to seek reimbursement of tickets. Plus to see the Park I also did an hour's drive away. Then very little maintenance. Better mihonoseki or other things to visit nearby like Civita di bagnoregio.
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  • I switched over from Viterbo but I never stop at Bomarzo x see the sacred garden. This time I went live even because we wanted to really immerse ourselves in an enchanted world is they did. Thanks to the sunny day all cibe appeared more beautiful and less scary even monsters. Only minus the price X 10 euro could be provided at least one "audio guide
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  • Bomarzo is a magical place of unique beauty. It's hard to believe that it was conceived and realized 500 years ago! When you enter inside the forest you immediately have the feeling to be inside a dream. Everything seems natural, even the monstrous sculputures, because it's all perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment. The abundance of space and games for kids at the entrance makes Bomarzo a good place for families with kids. In my opinion some areas (not all of them thou) could be easily reached also by people with disabilities. Last but not least: Bomarzo is amazing not only with the good weather, but in all the seasons. It just changes the atmosphere!
  • First of all, the people complaining about the map are quite simply not that good at reading maps. We've had no issues following the suggested route, and had a lot of fun photographing the statues. Secondly, the statues are really fun and if you let your fantasies go... Well, you can have a lot of fun. Thirdly, the bald security guy is really sneaky and almost caught us a couple times, but if you keep an eye out for him, you should have no problems getting the proper selfies.
  • Amazing place. Done really well. Worth the trip. Great for kids and family. Could spend a few hours there.
  • If your in the area, this is a great spot to visit. You can walk the park in about 30 minutes. When your done, head over to the thermal springs in Viterbo. Great day trip from Rome.
  • The Park of Monsters is a dark, forested and moss covered expanse of land. The Sacro Bosco was commissioned by Price Pier Francesco who was distraught following the death of his wife. His anguish is clearly present in the park, even after all this time. The Park of Monsters was completed in 1552. The Sacro Bosco was, for along time, abandoned and forgotten. The overgrown area was rediscovered in 1954 and restored. The years of neglect have left their scars on the gigantic statues, which only adds to their gruesome character. If you find yourself equally compelled to visit the park, it’s actually an easy day trip from Rome. The park sits about nine miles from the city of Viterbo, which is also worth touring around during your visit. Bomarzo itself is also a small picturesque hill top town that is fun to explore.
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