Bomarzo is a charming picturesque village in the north of Lazio at the foot of the Cimini hills. An interesting monument of the village is the Palazzo Orsini, made up of several buildings, dating back to the period 1525-1583, with its articulated structure dominates the village. Inside, there is a beautiful hall with frescoes by painters from the school of Pietro da Cortona.
Bomarzo is however known for Park of the Monsters , a monumental group of huge stone figures scattered in a forest in the hills of the village. Monstrous faces, elephants, giants, tilted houses form an amazing and unique pace of the fantasy and the grotesque. It was built by Vicino Orsini in the sixteenth century, on his return from the naval battle of Lepanto, won by the Christian fleets against the Turks.
In the park there are monuments that depict animals and mythological monsters. The Argentine writer Manuel Mujica Lainez did a very documented historical fresco of the Monster Park in his novel Bomarzo, while Salvador Dali has immortalized in his movie and drew inspiration for his painting The Temptation of St. Anthony.
The park is open all year long from 8:00 am until sunset.