The Bosco di S. Cecilia is sited southwest of Bomarzo. This impervious wood preserves the ruins of an early christian cemetery, the Camposanto di Chia. It is a secluded place with roads unsuitable for vehicles and nestled in an almost impenetrable forest. A mysterious site that inspires admiration and a sense of loss in visitors.
The cemetery is composed by a central nucleus extracted from a single boulder in peperino. Numerous graves surrounds the foundations of an ancient apse chapel. Remounting the path, a huge altar carved out of a boulder stands on the right.
Several monolithic pillars and squared stones are scattered around the area. Remains of capitals, bas-reliefs, and friezes with geometric figures stick out of moss.
Two lids, one of peperino and two with a sloping shape, decorated with six bad-relief crosses are what remain of the covers that closed the numerous profaned sarcophagi. Signs of fires turned on by shepherds over the centuries are evident along the central boulder. Going down towards the stream, there is another mass of stone delimited by a 15-to-50-cm-high wall equipped with holds for the climb. Probably, it identifies one of the inhabited places of the zone, and it’s sited not far from the Castello di Colle Casale (Torre di Pasolini).