Magical Places to Visit in Italy

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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The Italian peninsula is full of places, monuments and palaces, not only in the cities of art, but also in areas unknown to both foreign tourists and Italians. From North to South we can find a list of some of the most mysterious places in our beautiful country, to be able to take an alternative trip.
Inserting them all would have been a rather complicated operation, for this reason we have selected ten stops on our tour to discover the most fascinating, magical and mysterious areas, which have remained in oblivion for centuries.

Here 10 places linked to legends, or even the homes of frightening or presumed monsters. Places once inhabited and frequented and now forgotten by everything and everyone. Let the journey into the mystery begin ...


  1. Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo
  2. Curon Venosta and the Bell Tower in the Lake
  3. Martana Island (Lazio)
  4. Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome)
  5. Piazzetta Esoterica (Rome)
  6. Catacombs of San Callisto (Rome)
  7. Chapel of San Severo (Naples)
  8. Cumaean Sibyl's Cave (Naples)
  9. Villa Palagonia Bagheria (Sicily)
  10. Tombs of the Giants (Sardinia)
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1 - Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo

Il Park of the Monsters it is found at Bomarzo in the province of Viterbo. Inside you can find sculptures of scary creatures that give the place a touch of spookiness and magic.
Everything was created by the architect Pirro Ligorio in the sixteenth century. These sculptures represent all the monsters told in popular legends that have been handed down from the Middle Ages. We can find dragons, monsters e divinity. A magical place in which to get lost with the imagination. Anyone wishing to take an alternative trip can visit this park which for centuries has been kept secret.

2 - Curon Venosta and the Bell Tower in the Lake

From the village of Curon in South Tyrol on the borders with Switzerland and Austria only the bell tower remains. In 1950 the town was swept away by the flood of the Dam. So the main attraction of this place is the Campanile. During the winter, when the lake is frozen, it can also be reached on foot.
A unique attraction of its kind for anyone passing through South Tyrol. A little less because, more than sixty years ago, he saw his vision change forever. Having been considered a work to be protected, renovations were also made.
We can say that more than sixty years ago under that enormous mass of water there was a life that the inhabitants of Curon had to painstakingly start over elsewhere by buying another house.

3 - Martana Island (Lazio)

Quest 'island shrouded in mystery it is located near the Lake Bolsena in Lazio. Second a famous legend its ancient queen Amalasunta she was killed.
How, where and why the beautiful and powerful woman was killed is a mystery. It is also said that in ancient times the island was connected to the mainland by a road called Amalasunta, built in honor of the Queen. In 1994 there were also commemorations for the fifteen hundred years since the Queen's birth.

4 - Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome)

La basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore it is one of the four papal basilicas and is located on the Esquiline hill. In its basement you can find the square of Sartor a Latin inscription that forms a magic square, whose superimposed words can form a palindrome.

The words Sator, Arepo, Tenet, Opera, Rotas can be read from both the right and the left. This fact shrouds one of the most famous places of worship in Rome in mystery.

5 - Piazzetta Esoterica (Rome)

In reality it is about Via San Eustachio, so called because it is short and wide. Its shape resembles that of a square where an alchemist lived. According to legend it seems that he still wanders along the street. Despite being in the center of the city of Rome it is almost always quiet and peaceful.

6 - Catacombs of San Callisto (Rome)

Le Catacombs of San Callisto they are the largest and most important in Rome and were built in the 20nd century. They are located in the basement of the city, along the Appian Way, about meters deep and are twenty-five kilometers long.
They are made up of galleries distributed on four levels, where martyrs, popes and people of the people are buried. Of interest are the crypts of the popes and the tomb of Santa Cecilia.

7 - Chapel of San Severo (Naples)

La Chapel of San Severo it is located in Naples and is a deconsecrated church. Built by the Sangro family, it was decorated in 1750 by the descendant Raimondo Sangro, Grand Master of the Neapolitan Masonic Lodge and famous alchemist. It's a place filled with esoteric symbols and sculptures that allow the initiate to know the truth about Masonic rites. Raimondo Sangro had two sculptures built, the Veiled Christ and the statue of Disillusion.
According to legend the veil on the body of Jesus and the net on the statue of Disillusion were made with real materials, transformed into rock through a liquid prepared by the Prince of San Severo himself who was also an alchemist. This is to demonstrate the incredible beauty of the statues, their verisimilitude and how an unknown artist could have created all of this.

8 - Cave of the Cumana Sibyl (Naples)

This place is located in Cuma a town in the province of Naples. According to the legend it would be a along a mysterious and dark path of about 130 meters illuminated by six side galleries.
At the end of the path there is a rectangular room in which the Priestess Sibilla Cumana carried out its activities of oracle. The warriors turned to her before each battle to find out the outcome but her answers dictated by the gods were always enigmatic.
The mystery behind this place is that it has not yet been fully explored, so it is unknown what lies behind these dark doors.

9 - Villa Palagonia Bagheria (Sicily)

This Villa is located in the village of Bagheria in Sicily and was built by the Prince of Palagonia, Francesco Ferdinando di Gravina and Alliara. Given his physical defect given by an obvious hump he surrounded himself with monstrous statues depicting dwarves, monsters, draghi, animals with human heads e men with animal heads.
Everything around him had to be awful in order to look like the most beautiful.
This is why the interiors of the Villa are also decorated with monstrous images, such as the caricatures of his friends. The Villa, which is one of the most beautiful Baroque monuments in the world, is also known as the Monsters because they are the ones who surround it and watch it, giving it an air of enchantment.

10 - Tombs of the Giants (Sardinia)

They are found in Sardinia and in Dorgali we can find those of S'Ena and Thomes. They are called Giants because in addition to their grandeur they were said to be used by enormous beings. They consist of a long funerary body where the dead were placed and with the addition of a sacred area in front.

They have a higher central stele and the other lateral ones of descending heights arranged in a semicircle forming a square called Esedra. On the front there are very small openings compared to their structure.

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