This exclusive Stefano Rome Tours excursion is designed with the adventurous traveler in mind, searching to discover Italy’s well kept secrets off the beaten tourist paths. You will explore two enchanting yet dramatically diverse Renaissance parks that will excite your imagination with the mysteries and beauty unfolding all around you: The Sacred Wood, also popularly known as the Monsters Park, and the elegant Villa Lante. For lunch, you will visit the charming medieval hilltop town of Soriano nel Cimino, where the art of traditional Italian cuisine and locally grown specialties provide an unforgettably culinary delight.
Your professional Stefano Rome Tours English speaking Driver will meet you at your hotel at 8:00AM in a comfortable deluxe vehicle and drop you off at approximately 5:30 PM.
This tour is available only from your Rome accommodation.
This tour is not available on Mondays or holidays when either site is closed.
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A leisurely 90 minute drive through the beautiful Roman countryside and into the region of Tuscia will bring you to the quaint and ancient town of Bomarzo where you will visit the Monsters Park, or “Parco dei Mostri” in Italian.
Nested in a dense surreal forest with leafy vegetation with a soft carpet of green moss covering rocks and damp surfaces, giant sculptures of larger-than-life mythological figures and legendary monsters reveal themselves behind each corner. Be prepared to encounter giants, dragons, ogres, monsters and creatures, emerging from the moss covered ground or hewn out of natural rocks within the park.
This 16th century mythical garden was commissioned by Pier Francesco Orsini, member of the famous Orsini family and a patron of the arts, and dedicated the garden to the memory to his deceased wife Giulia Farnese. The grieving Duke of Bomarzo created this whimsical garden “only to ease the heart”. The Orsini Castle itself still crowns the town of Bomarzo.
Among the most astonishing sculptures and creatures you will encounter in this magical forest is the sea monster, gigantic Orc whose open mouth you can enter into, colossal Hercules fighting Cacus, the fountain of Pegasus, the giant turtle with the goddess Victory standing on its shell, the giant sleeping nymph, winged dragon and the hounds, Hanibal’s towering elephant catching a fallen Roman soldier, tall ninfeo with niches carved into the hill rock, and more mythological deities, creatures, and monsters. One of the most spectacular buildings in this surreal garden is the leaning house. It’s very inviting....but ironically it was intentionally constructed so guests cannot stay long. Visitors walking through the leaning house have claimed strange gravitational sensations that make it difficult to spend too much time inside this inexplicably strange building. Something out of the Twilight Zone, it cannot be described, but best to be experienced. This is a very unique and unusual park that adults and children alike will love and enjoy exploring.
Afterward we leave the Monster Park you will visit the quaint but breathtaking ancient hilltop town of Soriano nel Cimino for a stroll through its quiet medieval streets that don’t see many tourists. This is also the perfect place to stop for a relaxing traditional lunch where local dishes are prepared using fresh local ingredients specific to the region.
From here a short drive will take you to the elegant 16th century Villa Lante in the town of Bagnaia.
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* If you are pleased with the service you received from your Driver a minimum of 10% gratuity is customary in Italy.
* Payment for the tour will be made in Euro funds to your Driver at the end of your journey.
* This tour provides and English speaking Driver who is not a Licensed Tour Guide. In Italy only locally licensed Tour Guides are permitted to guide guests to sightsee away from the vehicle.
* Entrance tickets to Bomarzo Monster Park is currently 10 Euros per person. Children between ages of 4-13 pay 8 Euros per person.
* Entrance tickets to Villa Lante is currently 5 Euros per person.
Please note that entry ticket prices are at the discretion of the sites and may change unexpectedly; therefore prices cannot be guaranteed to stay the same after you book the tour.
* Please allow up to 24 hours for email inquiry replies and service confirmation. We have limited office hours on Sundays, please allow for additional time.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Don’t worry, we do not ask for your personal credit card information, require advance deposits to reserve your tour, or penalize you for cancellations. We operate on the Honor System, so we kindly ask that cancellations be made at the minimum 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day.
Cancellations must be made via email and confirmed by us so we have it on record. We do not accept cancellations by phone, text message or 3rd party. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration.
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Please wear comfortable shoes as The Monster Park may have some uneven terrain along its natural dirt pathways.
High elevation hilltop towns and forested parks are cooler in temperature than Rome. Please take that into consideration and bring appropriate attire such as extra sweaters or jackets.
There are many opportunities to take photos and videos, so be sure you have your camera ready!