Parco dei Mostri, Bomarzo

3.8
#1 of 32 in Parks in Province of Viterbo
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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  • No one can convince me that the author of the book, "The Neverending Story" didn't get his inspiration from this historical park, commissioned by a prince in the 1500s. The author, in fact, spent a.....  more »
  • This ghoulish park dates from the XVI century commissioned by the local lord… many oversize mythological figures and larger than life sculptures, the idea was to astonish (contrary of eyesight...  more »
  • This site has dozens of different names: Bomarzo Sacred Wood, Park of Monsters, Villa of Marvels and more! Despite so many names there is no other place like this! Designed in 1552, this rambling...  more »
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  • What a fantastic park! I’d highly suggest reading the pamphlet about the park that you get when purchasing your ticket— it’ll help you understand the park a bit more. The park is laid out in a way that you can follow a path and see everything in the park, however I opted to just wander around, and get a feel for the place on my own. The park is in a nice wooded area, which provides plenty of shade while exploring. I’d suggest hitting the restrooms before heading out, because it can be easy to spend a few hours in the park, which could be a ways from the bathroom depending on where you are. Great place for families, couples, and single people! I’ll be back again.
  • Very cool experience. I love that they gave us a map and interpretation of each historical statue written in english. If you are looking for a place to visit that is sort of "off the beaten path" and not swarming with tourists and perhaps a different kind of experience, then this is it.
  • As a novelty this was okay but the price did not leave a happy feeling. €38 for a family of four was too much for a short walk in the woods. Hopefully other feel differently. The saving grace was the ogre, the whispers are true.
  • Worth a detour! This mad garden breaks from the convention of traditional formal gardens of its time and provides visitors with a series of spectacular carvings of mad old monsters, gods, and other creatures from old myths. The wonky house is left me absolutely disoriented. Even though I'd been told all about it, I didn't expect it to make me feel as odd as it did. Really well done!
  • Very special nature/sculpture experience.Good break with kids in the shade if driving north of Rome/south of Florence.Map you’re given is totally off but you’ll enjoy the experience.A bit magical with its weird sculptures. You can buy light snacks and there is a playground and WC.

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