16th-Century ‘Colossus’ Sculpture In Florence, Italy Has Rooms Inside It


This huge colossus, half man, half mountain, was erected in the late 1500s by famous Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Apennine mountains. This mountain god, fittingly named Appennino, stands 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.

The rough, mountainous statue hides an amazing secret – his interior hides many rooms with different functions that made this colossus come to life. The monster that his left hand holds spewed water from a subterrene stream, and it is rumored that space in his head was made for a fireplace which, when lit, would blow smoke out of his nostrils.

The park in which the colossus stands, Villa Demidoff, will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 AM until 7 PM until the end of October.

More info: discovertuscany.com | Blogspot (h/t: mymodernmet)

This grand colossus was built in the late 1500s by famous Italian sculptor Giambologna,

The mountain god is 35 feet tall and stands in Florence, Italy

Image credits: Stephen H.

This model reveals the rooms inside of the colossus

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

These photos reveal some of the grottos hidden inside his depths

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Image credits: Delicious Malicious

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis



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