Friday, April 24, 2009

Bosco dei Mostri

The town of Bomarzo in central Italy is another place I need to visit someday. Famous for it's so-called "Bosco dei Mostri" ("Monsters' Grove"), named after the large scale stone sculptures built into the landscape, it's got quite the creepy appeal. Prince Pier Francesco Orsini commissioned Pirro Ligorio to build this "Villa of Wonders" in homage to his deceased wife in 1552. Why it's full of monsters, I guess only the Prince knows.