If you have visited the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany, Italy, you definitely would have stopped by to gaze at the wonder that is Appennino. This epic colossus, half man, half mountain, was erected in the late 1500s by renowned Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains. This mountain god stands 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.
Even more impressive is the fact that this mountainous statue hides a wonderful secret – his interior hides several rooms with different functions that made this colossus come to life. His left hand alone spews water from an underground 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.
If you’re heading to Italy soon, then Appennino is a must see. The park in which the colossus stands, Villa Demidoff, is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM until 7PM until the end of October.
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