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Giant tortoise - Sacro Bosco - Bomarzo (VT)

The Sacred Wood, better known as the Park of Monsters for the presence of grotesque sculptures scattered in a surreal landscape, is the oldest sculpture park in the modern world.
It was designed by the architect Pirro Ligorio, famous for completing St. Peter's after Michelangelo's death, commissioned by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, known as Vicino.
Orsini had the park "Sol to vent the heart" built and dedicated it to the memory of his beloved wife, Giulia Farnese, not to be confused with the more famous and dissolute concubine of Pope Alexander VI Borgia of the same name.
The giant tortoise may derive from Luigi Pulci's Morgante (1478), where Morgante and Margutte spot a tortoise the size of a mountain and, after killing it, prepare a gargantuan banquet washed down with abundant doses of wine.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 20090 W: 130 N: 42396] (223103)
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  • Date Taken: 2022-06-14
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