Whilst sorting through some old photos this morning I came across this one taken by my late husband ten years ago of myself and my nephew Scott at Bomarzo. A fun choice I felt for my Faces On Friday feature!
The town of Bomarzo is near Viterbo near where I used to live in Italy and its main attraction is a garden, referred to locally as the 'Bosco dei Mostri' or 'Park of Monsters'. It is named such after the larger than life sculptures dotted around the garden.
The garden was created by Pier Francesco Orsini, called Vicino (1528–1588), who was a keen patron of the arts. After the death of his wife, Giulia Farnese, he created the gardens in her memory. The design has been attributed to Pirro Ligorio, a well known architect and antiquarian of the time.
The park of Bomarzo was intended not to please, but to astonish and that it certainly does!
With thanks to the following sites, where you can find out more about this fascinating park.