Are you curious to experience something mysterious, charming and different at the same time?
Among the woods of the Viterbo there is a small village protected by a magical aura, Bomarzo.
Driving along the Rome-Orte highway you can reach the lands of the Orsini family, inside which there is the Monte Casoli di Bomarzo Nature Reserve, about 285 hectares of territory in the municipality itself.
On the hill there is the country where it is delightful to walk along centuries of history, especially in the village characterized by medieval and Renaissance structures.
The prominent architectural structure is definitely Palazzo Orsini that gives the impression of governing the whole territory. It was built in 1519 on the decision of Giovanni Corrado Orsini, Lord of Bomarzo, who commissioned the construction of the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi.
The palace was later taken over by the Lante della Rovere family who embellished it with the construction of a salon on the first floor and the construction, between 1660 and 1661, of the Allegory of War and Peace, a large fresco executed by Lorenzo’s hand Berrettini, son of Pietro da Cortona.
Currently there is the City that in 2003 restored it bringing it back to its former glory.
As in every Italian village, communities over the centuries have contributed to the construction of splendid domes or cathedrals. The Cathedral of Bomarzo dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta is not far behind, there are the relics of Sant’Anselmo di Bomarzo.
the Monster Park
Once you have visited the village, you should definitely stop in a trattoria to eat good tagliatelle with wild boar, which will give you the charge to face the descent towards the Monster Park.
At the foot of the village, in fact, there is the Sacro Bosco wanted by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini for his wife Giulia, whose construction was entrusted to Pirro Logorio in 1547.
Once you have crossed the arch you will enter a magical world where you will encounter huge turtles, Indian elephants, aquatic animals and scary creatures. You will enter crooked houses, huge mouths of monsters, you will forget the outside world. The mind will question the phrases inscribed on the monuments that you will see in the woods and then settle in front of the most isolated temple, built 20 years later than the rest of the park in honor of Orsini’s second wife.
The painter Salvador Dali defined the Monster’s Park as a unique historical invention.
created by Francesco Maria Ratto Vacquer