Vittoriale degli Italiani, Gardone Riviera

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The Vittoriale degli italiani is a hillside estate in the town of Gardone Riviera overlooking the Garda lake in province of Brescia, Lombardy. It is where the Italian writer Gabriele d'Annunzio lived after his defenestration in 1922 until his death in 1938. The estate consists of the residence of d'Annunzio called the Prioria, an amphitheatre, the protected cruiser set into a hillside, a boathouse containing the MAS vessel used by D'Annunzio in 1918 and a circular mausoleum. Its grounds are now part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani.References to the Vittoriale range from a “monumental citadel” to a “fascist lunapark”, the site inevitably inheriting the controversy surrounding its creator.
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  • We visited this beautiful Museum in a day of heavy rain. The House of the poet and the Foundation are wonderful, you can breathe the atmosphere of the era, everything remained intact. Shame we could not buy a ticket reduced because adverse weather, most of the sights to see in the Park we cannot reach because the walkways are slippery and impassable. Visiting the House in small groups with a guide. The guide who escorted us was a very nice lady and prepared, willing to answer questions from tourists with panache and great detail. Will be back on a beautiful sunny day to see everything that the rain has hidden, including the view of the Lake.
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  • Nestled in the hills of Gardone Riviera, in a beautiful location lies the Vittoriale, House and mausoleum that bears witness to the memorable feats and deeds of the Prophet. An outdoor theater, an ancient. limonaia, a watercourse (Acquapazza and Acquasavia) through a small Valley creating a violin shaped pond (pond of dances); and then the ship Puglia (of which we find the entire prow faithfully reconstructed by Italian military engineers), MAS 96 used by D'Annunzio in Istria (Bakar Mockery) and finally the mausoleum containing the remains of d'Annunzio and his family. But the inevitable visit to the Priory is the central part of the visit to the Vittoriale: here, crossing halls and rooms remain exactly as you left them D'annunzio: the room of the mask-maker, music, Leda, the globe, the leper, the Veranda, the blue bathroom, writing desk, workshop, Oratorio, etc. .. concludes the visit the Schifamondo comprising the Museum and the Auditorium where it hung the SVA's famous flight over Vienna. In short, get a nice sunny day, at least 3/4 hours of time and a good pair of walking shoes and then enjoy this wonderful and colorful dip in amazing world of the excesses of Vate! 16 euro well spent.
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  • It's definitely an experience to do visit the Vittoriale maybe a bit expensive considering that I paid 16 euros to visit the House and Museum and 16 for the park but still I was glad the round I did it in 4 hours with 150 photographs taken
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  • Fabulous area to visit for a day, spectacular views and some history thrown in. Get the land train from the ferry terminal to avoid a 20 min uphill walk.
  • The former estate of Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio. A must visit for anyone in the area, it includes his former house (a museum in itself given the amount of object he collected throughout his life), a museum of his life and military history, a plane, a boat and a ship built on the side of the hill, which is definitely one of the most striking sights.
  • Fantastically eccentric! A must see.
  • Looking forward to seeing it but having just read about D'ANNUNZIO I'm going to feel quite conflicted. He seems like a crazy, warmonger who argued that Italy needed to be cleansed with blood before it could reach it's potential. Railed against the move to stay neutral in WW1. As fascists and nuts as they come.
  • A very beautiful place to visit and many interesting historical subjects. Great experience...