The park of Monsters

The park of Monsters of Bomarzo was devised by the architect Pirro Ligorio (he completed the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Rome after the death of Michelangelo and built Villa d'Este in Tivoli) on commision of Prince Pier Francesco Orsini (1523-1585), called Vicino, only to vent the heart broken at the death of is wife Giulia Farnese (+1560).

The hanging house

Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo - Vicino Orsini

The park was born in 1552 as "Villa of Wonders" to be the only one of it's kind in the world.

The Park of Monsters remained in oblivion till 1954 when it was bought by Mr. Giovanni Bettini who with loving care has managed it.

A visit to the park will unfold in a series of stages ranging between mythology and fantasy.

We have individuated 24 works of art even though many more are contained in the park.

The Orcus

We thank Mr. Giovanni Bettini, author of the "guide to the Park of Monsters" by us used, firstly to visit the park and then to write this site.

Let us start the visit to the fabulous and oneric ...

Villa of Wonders

01 Sphinx and Gianus

10 The 'Ninfeo'

20 The Orcus

28 Jupiter

03 Proteus Glaucus

13 Venus

21 The Dragon

32 Echidna and Furia

05 The Mausoleum

14 The Theatre

22 The elephant

35 Proserpina (Persefone)

06 Herculus e Cacus

15 Hanging House

23 Ceres

36 The cerberes

07 The Turtle and Whale

18 Etruscan bench

25 Neptune

37 The temple

09 The Pegasus

19 The vase cantaro

27 The Nymph

38 The 'rotonda'

The numbering is the same as the guide offered along with the entry ticket

Hercules and Caco

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The park is open all year long from 8.00 a.m. until sunset .

Entrace fees :

  • individual 10,00 Euro

  • children from 4 to 13 years 8,00 Euro

  • Groups minimum 30 people 8,00 Euro (with the letter of the promoting Organization) and one free entrance for every 15 people

  • student 6,00 Euro (with the letter of school) and one free entrance for every 15 people

Only the guide dogs for the blind person can come into the park.

All the others animals (like lions, bears or sheeps) can't come into the park.


It's forbidden to do videos and photographs for commercial purposes and, in any case, the photographs or videos must be made without the use of flash or lighting.

For more information on prices and special opening hours (thanks to Federica), contact directly the park on telephone number +39761924029.

The park of Monster is at Località Giardino at Bomarzo - Viterbo - Italy

It lies at 42° 29' 22" north latitude and 12° 14' 53" east longitude by our smartphone.

Instead for Google Maps it lies at 42° 48' 95" north latitude and 12° 24' 82" east longitude

The address by Google Maps instead is

01020 Bomarzo (Viterbo)

Via Madonna della Valle n°101

Bomarzo is difficult to reach by public transport.

However you can use the train from Rome down to the station of:

- Orte Scalo and then take the bus to Bomarzo

- Viterbo and then take the bus to Bomarzo

For schedules you should cunsult directy at the site of Cotral:


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