The Sacred Wood of Bomarzo is a park that was created in the 16th century by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini. The park is a surreal collection of stone sculptures, which includes war elephant, giant fish, two giants dismembering each other, etc. Although we don’t know why the Prince created the garden of monsters, it is thought that he did it to deal with the grief of loosing his wife. Prince Orsini had just returned from war and found out that his wife had died that day.
The garden was left undisturbed for 400 years and was rediscovered by Salvador Dali in the 1930s. Interest in the garden peaked and it was restored in the 1950s. Bomarzo is located about 42 miles from Rome, Italy and is worth a trip to see.