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The monster gardens of Bomarzo and the pope city Viterbo

The mouth of hell!!!! The mouth of hell!!!!

 

BOMARZO


The Monsters of Bomarzo


A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden.

 

 

 

THE PRINCE, ALSO KNOWN AS VICINO, HAD JUST BEEN THROUGH A BRUTAL WAR, HAD HIS FRIEND KILLED, BEEN HELD FOR RANSOM FOR YEARS, AND COME HOME ONLY TO HAVE HIS BELOVED WIFE DIE. RACKED WITH GRIEF, THE PRINCE WANTED TO CREATE A SHOCKING “VILLA OF WONDERS” AND HIRED ARCHITECT PIRRO LIGORIO TO HELP HIM DO SO. LIGORIO WAS A WIDELY RESPECTED ARCHITECT AND ARTIST AND HAD PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PETER IN ROME AFTER THE DEATH OF MICHELANGELO, AS WELL AS THE VILLA D’ESTE IN TIVOLI. THIS WAS TO BE AN UNUSUAL, BUT INTERESTING JOB FOR HIM.
THE PARK IS FILED WITH BIZARRE AND FASCINATING SCULPTURES FOR WHICH ONLY THE ACCOMPANYING INSCRIPTIONS PROVIDE ANY EXPLANATION. AMONG THE PIECES ARE A WAR ELEPHANT, A MONSTROUS FISH-HEAD, A GIANT TEARING ANOTHER GIANT IN HALF, AND A HOUSE BUILT ON A TILT TO DISORIENT THE VIEWER. PERHAPS THE MOST FRIGHTENING PIECE IN THE GARDEN IS AN ENORMOUS HEAD, MOUTH OPENED WIDE IN A SCREAM. THE ACCOMPANYING INSCRIPTION READS “ALL REASON DEPARTS.”
BUILT DURING THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE, THE GARDEN LAYOUT BORE LITTLE RESEMBLANCE TO THE SYMMETRY OF OTHER RENAISSANCE GARDENS, AND THE ART WAS MADE IN A ROUGH “MANNERIST” STYLE, A SORT OF 16TH-CENTURY VERSION OF SURREALISM. IT MAKES SENSE, THEN, THAT THE SURREALISTS LOVED IT.
SALVADOR DALÍ VISITED THE PARK AND LOVED IT. HE WAS SO INSPIRED, HE SHOT A SHORT FILM THERE, AND THE SCULPTURES INSPIRED HIS 1946 PAINTING THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY. JEAN COCTEAU WAS ALSO A FAN OF THE PARK. OTHER ARTISTS FOLLOWED, AND A NOVEL, LIBRETTO, AND OPERA HAVE ALL BEEN BASED ON THE PARK.
WHILE THERE IS NO WAY OF TRULY KNOWING HOW THE PRINCE FELT ABOUT THE PARK, THE FINAL ADDITION INDICATES THAT PERHAPS HE WAS GETTING OVER HIS MELANCHOLY. BUILT 20 YEARS AFTER THE PARK WAS BEGUN, IT IS NOT A MONSTER BUT A TEMPLE, BUILT TO HONOR HIS SECOND WIFE.
WHEN YOU VISIT THE PARK, BE SURE TO ENTER THE GIANT SCREAMING MOUTH (KNOWN AS “THE MOUTH OF HELL”), INSIDE WHICH, ON THE TONGUE, STANDS A PICNIC TABLE AND ENOUGH SEATING FOR A SMALL GROUP TO HAVE LUNCH.

 

 

HAVE A LOOK AT WIKIPEDIA PAGE, JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGE!

 

 

 

VITERBO

The Papal Palace of Viterbo, with the bell tower of the cathedral in the background!!! The Papal Palace of Viterbo, with the bell tower of the cathedral in the background!!!

AN HOUR DRIVING FROM ROME OR CIVITAVECCHIA PORT VITERBO IS A CITY THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU WITH ITS MEDIEVAL BEAUTY AND ITS INTERESTING HISTORY. BUT THE CITY OF VITERBO IS DEFINITELY LINKED TO

THE POPES WHICH REMAINS ITS HISTORICAL CLAIM TO FAME. IT IS CALLED  THE CITY OF POPES AND ITS BIGGEST ATTRACTION IS, NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE PAPAL PALACE. OTHER INDIVIDUAL SIGHTS OF INTEREST INCLUDE A COUPLE OF MUSEUMS, THE TOWN CATHEDRAL AND A SELECTION OF OTHER PALACES AND CHURCHES. A FOCAL POINT OF ALL ITALIAN TOWNS AND CITIES IS ITS DUOMO, OR CATHEDRAL, SO DON’T MISS THE IMPOSING ROMANESQUE DUOMO DI VITERBO IN PIAZZA DI SAN LORENZO. IF YOU WANT JUST LEAVE THE TOWN JUST A FEW KILOMETRES FROM VITERBO, IN BAGNAIA, NEXT TO CIMINI MOUNTAINS THERE IS THE ASTONISHING VILLA LANTE A PERFECT MIX BETWEEN GARDEN AND ARCHITECTURE A MASTERPIECE IN FEW WORDS. THE VILLA WAS BUILT IN 1200 BY THE LORD OF BAGNAIA AND WAS COMPLETED ONLY 3 CENTURIES LATER.

 

HAVE A LOOK TO WIKIPEDIA, JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGE!!!

ITINERARY



AFTER LEAVING THE PORT OF CIVITAVECCHIA IN APPROXIMATELY 50 MINUTES, WE REACH BOMARZO.

 

VISIT OF THE The monster gardens of Bomarzo   

 

 

HAVE A LOOK FOR INFO&TICKETS HERE:    http://www.sacrobosco.it/index.php


VITERBO VISIT OF THE CITY AND THE SAN PELLEGRINO DISTRICT

COST & TIME

DURATION: 8 HOURS 

PRICES:

400 EURO RENTAL CAR WITH DRIVER 1-8 PASSENGERS.

INCLUDED


PICK UP/DROP OFF DIRECTLY AT YOUR SHIP GANGWAY
A FUN AND INFORMATIVE PRIVATE ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER TO LEAD YOU THROUGH THE DAY.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION BY AIR-CONDITIONED AND FULLY EQUIPPED MERCEDES VITO VAN OR RENAULT TRAFIC PASSENGER
ALL TAXES, PARKING, TOLLS AND GASOLINE
NO HIDDEN COSTS

 

NOT INCLUDED

 

MEALS
ENTRANCE FEES (UNLESS SPECIFIED ON YOUR CONFIRMATION VOUCHER)
GRATUITIES (ENTIRELY AT THE CLIENT'S DISCRETION)
TIPS

* PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES AND CLOTHING.
* THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS ON THIS TOUR, SO HAVE PLENTY OF FILM AND BATTERIES IN YOUR CAMERAS!
* DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS PLEASE BE SURE TO WEAR SUNSCREEN, SUNGLASSES AND A SUMMER HAT IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR HEAD COOL.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

THE DRIVER-GUIDE WILL NOT ENTER SITES ALTHOUGH GIVING EXPLANATIONS FROM THE VEHICLE OF WHAT YOU ARE SEEING. ONLY OFFICIAL LICENSED GUIDES ARE ALLOWED TO ESCORT YOU INSIDE PLACES AND, ON YOUR REQUEST, WE CAN PROVIDE SUCH SERVICE AT AN EXTRA COST. THE VEHICLE WILL ACCOMPANY YOU FOR THE ENTIRE TOUR.


 


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