Places

ISOLA BISENTINA, the access door to the etrurian underworld
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Isola Bisentina is located in the central-western side of Bolsena lake. It is part of the Capodimonte territory, in the province of Viterbo. The Bisentina Island still preserves a fascinating mysterious aura swinging through history, myth and exoterism. Surrounded by a wonderful natural environment with holm oaks and centuries-old trees, the island is home to a number of monuments including St James and Christopher's Church, featuring architect Vignola's dome. This beautiful piece of the Bolsena lake is highly fascinating, not only for its panoramic view. History and legends about this place contribute to give a whole new meaning to this...
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THE TAROT GARDEN, forms and colours of our existence
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Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Tarot Garden) is an amazing art concept created by Niki de Saint Phalle in 1979 and finished in 1996. Located in Gravicchio, a small district of Capalbio (GR), this monumental park has a strong esoteric atmosphere and is made of 22 big steel sculptures covered in coloured glasses, mirrors and precious ceramics which represent the Major Arcana. Many artists took part in the realisation of these art pieces, especially Jean Tinguely, husband of Saint Phalle. The entrance to the park consists in a long tuff wall designed by architect Mario Bottas, in the middle of...
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BOMARZO, the Sacred Wood
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The Monster Park of Bomarzo - a beautiful village located in the province of Viterbo – is also known as the “Sacred Wood”. It is a historical complex definitely worth a visit for the deep and surprising path the visitor will experience through. The Sacred Wood is in the “Villa delle Meraviglie” (The Villa of Wonders), built in 1552 by Prince Francesco Orsini, aka Vicino, and dedicated to his beloved wife Giulia Farnese, who died prematurely. This might be the reason why some experts say the creative inspiration of the Garden of Wonders could be linked to the enigmatic book...
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SCARZUOLA, the Surrealist City
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Located in Montegiove, district of Montegabbione in the province of Terni, La Scarzuola is one of the most mysterious spots of Italy. Locals say that Saint Frances from Assisi built a hut here using a plant called “scarna” - which gave the name to this place – and saw the apparition of Christ. The monastery of La Scarzuola was abandoned in 1956 and was bought by Tommaso Buzzi, a famous architect from Milan, who restored this place to create his “ideal city”: a complex game of mystical structures and esoteric perspectives. Buzzi worked in this place for 24 years, and...
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