16th-Century Sculpture Is a Work of Art from the Outside …But Whats Inside Is Fascinating

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As a sign of Italy’s rocky Appenine mountains, famous Italian sculptor Giambologna built this behemoth half-man, half-mountain structure in the late 1500s. Appennino stands 35 feet high above the grounds of Villa di Pratolino, Tuscany.

This colossal sculpture conceals an astonishing secret. Several rooms exist on the inside of the sculpture! The creature in the sculpture’s left hand is said to draw water from a stream underground. Rumors also state that the space in its head was deliberately made for a fireplace that, when lit, would blow smoke out of its nostrils probably to ward off intruders.

Appennino can be found in Villa Demidoff Park just north of Florence, Italy. The park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the whole month of October.

This scale model reveals the hidden rooms of the colossus.

Grottos can be seen inside the depths of the man-made structure as observed in the photos.

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