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, fittingly named Appennino, stand 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.

The rugged, mountainous statue hides a wonderful secret – his interior hides several rooms with different functions that made this colossus come to life. The monster that his left hand holds spewed 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.

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

More info: discovertuscany.comBlogspot (h/t: mymodernmet)

This epic colossus was erected in the late 1500s by renowned Italian sculptor Giambologna

Image credits: Stephen H.

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

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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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