Stranger Things: Here are 5 unusual things to do in Italy
There’s no doubt about it – Italy is one of the world’s most popular travel destination.
Year after year, tourists flock to cities like Rome and Venice to see iconic attractions like the Trevi Fountain or the Doge’s Palace.
But if you’re a fan of the unusual, LottoExpress has rounded up the top 5 weirdest things to do in Italy.
1. Picnic inside a monster’s mouth
You read that right.
If you visit the Garden of Bomarzo, there’s a ‘Park of Monsters’ you can explore. It’s filled with strange, bizarre sculptures like a monstrous fish head or a giant tearing another giant apart – all designed to shock visitors.
But perhaps the strangest piece is an enormous head, with its mouth open wide in a scream. You can actually enter this “mouth of hell”, where you’ll find a picnic table, ideal for small groups!
Where: Bomarzo, Italy
2. Discover the ‘Atlantis’ of Classical Rome
In its time, Baia was the choice vacation spot for the Roman rich and elite – including figures like Caesar, Nero and Cicero.
Famous for its spas, it was plundered in the 8th century and eventually, the ruined city sunk under the waves.
You can visit this underwater city, through glass-bottomed boats, snorkeling or scuba diving, and discover some of this sunken cities still-preserved wonders.
Where: Baia, Italy
3. Walk in rooms made of human bones
Room after room in the crypts of Santa Maria della Concezione are intricately decorated – with human bones.
There’s a crypt decorated entirely from leg bones, one with skulls, and another with pelvises. In some crypts, even the hanging light fixtures are made from human bones.
The remains are of the Capuchin friars, who instead of burying their fellow friars, decorated the walls of the crypts as a reminder that death can come at any time, and that one should always be prepared to meet God.
Where: Santa Maria della Concezione Crypts, Rome, Italy
4. Catch a glimpse of Plague Island
A few miles away from Venice, lies a tiny, deserted island that was used as a plaque guaranteed station between 1793 – 1814. It once hosted over 160,000 infected people and it is rumored that 50% of the island’s soil consists of human remains.
It is also said that Napolean used the island at one point to store weapons. Finally, to add more gore to its dark history, a mental hospital opened on the island in 1922, and local legend claims that one of the doctors at the hospital would conduct torturous experiments on the patients.
While visitors are forbidden to set foot on this island, if you’re sailing along the Grand Canal, try and catch a glimpse of this dark – and possibly haunted – island.
Where: Veneto, Italy
5. Decipher a secret recipe on a ‘magic’ door
According to legend, in 1660s, the Marquis Palombara met an alchemist at a dinner party who told him he had discovered the herb to turn metals into gold.
He vanished in the morning, however, leaving behind a “recipe” for the transformation along with flakes of gold.
As the Marquis was unable to decipher the writing, he had it inscribed on his door – hoping that someone who could understand it would see it and come knocking.
This gate is the only thing that still stands today – and you can go right up to it. When you do, see if you can spot the mysterious symbol carved above its doorway!
Where: Piazza Vittorio, Rome, Italy
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