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The Sacred Grove of Bomarzo

Part 5: The Mouth of Hell

The crumbling inscription around the lips of this extraordinary infernal vision; OGNI PENSIERO VO(LA) (all reason departs) can be completed by Giovanni Guerra’s drawing in which he noted the inscription as LASCIATE OGNI PENSIERO VOI CH’ENTRATE (abandon all reason, you who here enter). The reference to Dante’s inscription above the mouth of hell is clear, although Dante’s damned are told to abandon hope - speranza - rather than reason. Inside Vicino’s hell there is a picnic table, formed by hell’s tongue, and seating space for a small party.

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