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Bomarzo is a small town in northern Lazio in Italy, famous for its park of stone monsters.
From the Rome-Florence A1 Autostrada leave at Attigliano and follow signs to Bomarzo.
During the 19th century and into the 20th the garden became overgrown and neglected, but in the 1970s a program of restoration was carried out. The garden is today a major tourist attraction and is guaranteed to entertain children who may be getting a bit fed up with medieval hill towns. Statues and fountains include Pegasus, Hannibal’s Elephants, an Orc, a dragon attacked by dogs, a turtle with a giant woman on its back, a two-tailed mermaid, a giant and Aphrodite, an ogre’s head as the “Mouth of Hell” and many more. There is also a strange little house which leans sharply to one side and is great fun to go inside. Carvings of acorns are all over the place, presumably a reference to the Della Rovere family that owned the local castle (Rovere meaning oak in Italian). The park is open from 08.00 until sunset all year. Admission is 9 Euros with children between 4 and 8 paying 7 Euros. 
The park has a souvenir shop.
There is a small restaurant attached to the park and a selection of restaurants in the nearby town.