Bomarzo (Lazio)

Bomarzo is a town of the province of Viterbo (Lazio, central Italy), in the lower valley of the Tiber. Bomarzo's main attraction is a garden, usually referred to as the Bosco Sacro (Sacred grove) or, locally, Bosco dei Mostri ("Monsters' Grove"), named after the many larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock, which populate this predominantly barren landscape. It is the work of Pier Francesco Orsini, called Vicino (1528–1588), a condottiero or mercenary and a patron of the arts. The park of Bomarzo was intended not to please, but to astonish, and like many Mannerist works of art, its symbolism is arcane; for example, one large sculpture is of one of Hannibal's war elephants, which mangles a Roman legionary, and another is a statue of Ceres lounging on the bare ground, with a vase of "fruits of the earth" 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 on an obelisk says.

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Recipes From Lazio

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Try this particular punch 'ponce alla romana' which was commonly served at ‘fancy dinner parties’ in 19th-century Italy.
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Zucchini are currently in season in Italy and our writer Coral Sisk has just the recipe for a classic Italian dish. 

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Our latest Italian recipe of the week is a drool-worthy chicken saltimbocca from writer Amy Gulick of The Bittersweet Gourmet 

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Our recipe of the week is pasta alla gricia from our featured food blogger, Amy Gulick, of The Bittersweet Gourmet

What others are saying about Lazio

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We will be traveling to Rome in late April and will be spending 3 months in Italy in 2021.  We would love to meet someone for coffee while we are in Rome just to talk about life in Italy as an expat.  We are considering moving to Italy and are doing our research.  Anyone interested in meeting up?

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Hello.

Does anyone know of a gardener and/or handyman in the Bolsena, Acquapendente, San Lorenzo Nuovo area? Thank you for any help you can offer.

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Hello I am travelling to Picinisco in a few weeks.