Feb 9, 2010

The fabulous and oneric...

The Park of the Monsters (Parco dei Mostri) is a Renaissance monumental complex located in Bomarzo, Italy. The gardens were created during the 16th century by Vicino Orsini.
The park's name stems from the many larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock, which populate this predominantly barren landscape. The park of Bomarzo was intended not to please, but to astonish, and like many Mannerist works of art, its symbolism is arcane: examples are a large sculpture of one of Hannibal's war elephants, which mangles a Roman legionary, or the statue of Ceres lounging on the bare ground, with a vase of verdure perched on her head. The many monstrous statues appear to be unconnected to any rational plan and appear to have been strewn almost randomly about the area, "sol per sfogare il Core" ("just to set the heart free") as one inscription in the obelisks says.

La città che muore

...in the end of the 17th century a major earthquake accelerated the old town's decline... in the 19th century Civita di Bagnoregio was turning into an island and the pace of the erosion quickened as the layer of clay below the stone was reached in the area where today's bridge is located. Bagnoregio continues as a small but prosperous town, while Civita became known as "il paese che muore" (in Italian: "the dying town"). The town is noted for its striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber river valley, in constant danger of destruction as its edges fall off, leaving the buildings built on the plateau to crumble.

Bolsena - a wonderfull night out...