Located in the medieval town of Bomarzo, north of Rome - deep within the Sacred Woods, lies the intriguing Park of Monsters. Scattered throughout the forest are colossal stone sculptures of fantastical creatures including a monster, dragon, mermaid, sphinx, giant turtle, whale, Pegasus, Neptune, giant wrestlers, crooked house and a giant Ogre’s Mouth of Hell. According to local legend, in the late 1500’s, Prince Vicino Orsini commissioned the park to represent the pain he felt for the loss of his beautiful wife.
Best to get there with a car. We took a train from Rome’s Trastevere station to Viterbo (about 2 hours). From there, we walked through the medieval walled city of Viterbo to get to the bus station, for a 40 minute bus ride to the small hillside town of Bomarzo. Once we finally got to the ghostly quiet village, we literally walked down a steep hill to find the park. This place is truly off the beaten path!