The former Castello Orsini (today Castello Ruspoli) at Vignanello was begun in the 1570's by Ottavia Orsini, daughter of Vicino Orsini (the creator of the Sacro Bosco at Bomarzo). Its formal and very ornate gardens form an independant, free-standing terrace high above the small town, attainable only by a retractable bridge from the Castello itself.
The idea of a sacred grove is something common to early religions in cultures around the world but sometimes a place is sacred for what it means to the person who lives there. This is the case for a 16th century garden known as Il Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo. This Monster Park is composed of the sculptural work of Pier Francesco Orsini (1528-1588) and built near the Orsini Castle near Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo. The Bettini family lovingly restored the sacred grove during the ‘70s.
The eerie Garden of Bomarzo in Italy was discovered by surrealist painter Salvador Dalí in 1938—it was a place the locals called the “Park of Monsters.” The Park of Monsters was commissioned in 1552 by Italian Prince Pier Francesco Orsini. It is believed that Orsini commissioned the sculpture garden filled with horrifying monster sculptures after enduring a series of personally traumatizing events. Click the image to learn more!