A little over an hour north of Rome in the province of Viterbo lies the "Parco dei Mostri," also known as monster gardens of Bomarzo. Almost 500 years old, these mysterious grounds contain dozens of unique sculptures that were commissioned by a man named Pier Francesco Orsini just after his wife's passing. Unearthed and trimmed in the 1970's after a few centuries of neglect, these lush, mossy grounds and the stone sculptures that inhabit them are a unique spiritual departure from the heavy Roman-Catholic art generally associated with this region. While exact interpretations of this mystical arrangement of rock and leaf vary from one tour group or guidebook to the next, the intention here is clear; the gardens were created as a meditation and reflection on life. Obvious signs of this range from Latin messages translating to "by virtue of stillness, spirit is wiser" to more symbolic reflections on life via crooked buildings and statues of creatures from the underworld. The energy and essence of this place is sublime, and you leave Bomarzo seeing yourself in these various scenes and perhaps feeling connected to the trials and tribulations of a human who took a personal tragedy and turned it into a transcendent spiritual journey that others can enjoy.
Note:When you visit these gardens, I would recommend getting a local Italian guide who can explain to you their interpretations on what this place is about.