Tra storia, leggende e racconti di antichi cavalieri, Bomarzo vive nel suggestivo ricordo di Vicino Orsini


Sacro Bosco


Nel Segno di
Vicino Orsini

Nel Segno di Vicino Orsini

Pier Francesco Orsini, detto Vicino, nacque il 4 luglio 1523 da Giovanni Corrado degli Orsini, e da Clarice Orsini. A seguito della morte del padre, dopo una controversa spartizione  ereditaria, nel 1542 divenne Duca di Bomarzo e poco tempo dopo per rafforzare i legami con la famiglia Farnese, sposò Giulia di Galeazzo Farnese. Dopo aver seguito, per circa 10 anni, la carriera militare con alterne vicende in Francia ed in Fiandra, ritornò a Bomarzo nel 1555.


Nel 1560 a seguito della morte di Giulia Farnese, si ritirò, pressoché definitivamente, a Bomarzo dove poté dedicarsi alla realizzazione del Sacro Bosco e all’ultimazione del Palazzo Orsini, ove ospitava i numerosi amici. Qui trascorse giorni sereni e capo di una famiglia di numerosi figli si dilettò nella caccia, nella lettura e negli svaghi nel “Prelibato Boschetto”. Il 28 gennaio 1585 Vicino Orsini morì, consegnando, al mondo, opere mirabili e uniche realizzate grazie alla sua stravagante fantasia. “Solo per rallegrare il core”.


Neighbor's dream

I, Vicino Orsini, born in Rome on the 4th of July of the year 1523, I have seen the greatness, the splendor and nevertheless, the vices of the Eternal City; I saw the ferment of art in Venice and the magnificence of Florence; I experienced the horror of war and the sufferings of imprisonment ... But finally, I found peace and quiet of soul here, in the land of Bomarzo, between the mighty walls of my Palace and the harsh and virgin nature ... Here I realized my big dream. A dream that still continues and that I would also like to make each of you live ... In Bomarzo, in my Bomarzo, on the 4th of July 2023, for the feast of my five hundred years! ....


From the Etruscan settlements, to the splendor of the Middle Ages, to the splendor of the Renaissance, Bomarzo is a land of ancient suggestions.

Orsini Palace

The construction phases of Orsini Palace are linked to the events of the family of the same name. Prince Giovanni Corrado Orsini initiated its construction.

Mugnano in Teverina

A few kilometers from Bomarzo is Mugnano in Teverina, a small hamlet located on high ground close to the Tiber and its valley.

Mount Casoli Nature Reserve

Bomarzo's Monte Casoli Reserve, established in 1999 and now known for its natural and archaeological beauty.

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🗓️ Friday, June 30, 2023 21:30 Palazzo Orsini - Bomarzo(VT) Friday, June 30 at 9:30 p.m. in Bomarzo (VT) at Palazzo Orsini, as part of the celebrations of Vicino500, will compete for the first regional title of this edition : Miss Miluna Lazio 2023

The Sacred Forest

A congeries of giant, eerie stone figures, originally colored, are arranged among the vegetation on the sloping terraces of an enchanting natural amphitheater.

Monsters with ancient charm

The Sacred Grove, known to all as the Monster Park is a unique work of its kind, conceived and commissioned by Vicino Orsini, a fine scholar who was part of the close circle of poets and men of letters in Venice and Rome, a valiant condottiero, who spent his mature years there in the company of his closest friends. According to some fruit of the creator's conflicted state of mind, the "monsters" are nevertheless explanatory of a culture that matured within that taste for the horrid, the magical and the esoteric in vogue in Rome in the second half of the 16th century.

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