Umbra will be running a one-day excursion to the worldwide known “Dying Town,” Civita di Bagnoregio. The trip includes a visit to the Sacred Grove in Bomarzo known as Parco dei Mostri (The Monster Park). Despite their reputation, both destinations are off the beaten track, and are difficult to reach by public transportation.
Civita di Bagnoregio: This town is an exceptional example of a medieval village, among the best-preserved ones in the country. It is perched on top of a huge stack of tuff, which is exposed to a slight but inexorable erosion. Civita is only accessible via a footbridge built in 1965, and it is today one of the most photographed sites in Italy.
Parco dei Mostri: This garden was commissioned in 1552 by Prince Orsini who wanted to create a shocking “Villa of Wonders” during the Italian Renaissance. The Parco dei Mostri is filled with bizarre and fascinating sculptures, such as a war elephant, a monstrous fish-head, a giant tearing another giant in half, and an enormous frightening head.