--Carved into a stone bench at Bomarzo
There seems to be no real plan of the placement of the monstrosities... they are randomly positioned in the garden. The symmetry of garden design popular during the period it was built is nowhere to be seen. There is nothing orderly here, just surprise and shock. There is an inscription on one monument that says Just to set the heart free.
In 1951, Giovanni Bettini, a real estate agent, traveling around Italy discovered the place and saw the magic in it. He purchased and restored Bomarzo, freeing the beasts and monsters from the woodlands grasp. Today, the garden received 40,000 visitors a year.
Why go where the typical tourist is going when there are treasures like this in Italy? Just 42 miles from Rome awaits this fantasy...
Contatti Parco dei Mostri
loc. Giardino s.n.c
- individual 10,00 Euro
- children from 4 to 13 years 8,00 Euro
- Groups minimum 30 people 8,00 Euro (with the letter of the promoting Organization) and one free entrance for every 15 people
- student 6,00 Euro (with the letter of school) and one free entrance for every 15 people
- Best visited by car, or by train to either Orte Scalo or Viterbo and then a bus to Bomarzo.
- Bomarzo would be a great way to bring storybook monsters to life for children.
- The hilltown of Bomarzo itself, with its views, castle and medieval streets is a charming place to stay, with some apartments for rent starting at around 60 Euros per night.
- Bomarzo is within 50 miles of Rome and 80 miles from Siena and could make a great hub to visit Umbria.