Apennine Colossus

Year: 1580Artist: Categories: ,

Apennine Colossus (also known as Appennino or the Mountain God) is a colossal half-man/half-mountain that was erected by then-renowned Italian sculptor, Giambologna, in the late 1500s. The statue is regarded as a strong symbol of the ruggedness of the Appenine Mountain range in Tuscany, Italy.

Appennino stands 35 feet tall and looks out over the grounds of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany. However, Appennino holds a deep and beautiful secret…

Built deep within Appennino’s interior are several rooms with different functions that bring this giant to wonderful life, such as the carved monster in his left hand that spills water from an underground stream. There is also a long-held rumor that the the space in Appennino’s head holds a fireplace that blows smoke out of his nostrils when a fire is lit.

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