When you visit Sacro Bosco aka Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo – Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo, you will be greeted by this phrase carved on the upper lip of the ogre that is also its symbol:
“Every Thought Flies”, which sounds like an invitation to abandon rational thought and fall into the arms of the unknown.
Mythological and sinister figures and Gods like Hercules, Neptune, Pegasus, Isis, Cerberus (the three-headed dog mentioned in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy), peep out from the foliage of the forest, grotesque gigantic creatures carved in stone like lions, dragons, orcs, elephants, fauns and dolphins are the inhabitants of sacrobosco of Bomarzo, an enchanted and place Bomarzo, in the Municipality of Viterbo, an Etruscan town in Lazio an hour’s drive from Rome.
Bomarzo Sacred Grove is a garden in which there are gigantic stone statues depicting sea monsters as well as mythological heroes.
This magical garden was created in the 16th century by Prince Pierfrancesco Orsini, who wanted to create something unique and memorable. In fact, he decided to shape the forest according to his own marked eccentricity.
So please indulge yourself to visit this outstanding and magic place just an hour driving from Rome!