Vittoriale degli Italiani, Gardone Riviera

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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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  • Highly recommended. A really quaint and that leaves you open-mouthed. Helps you understand more about the personality of the poet. Recommend a visit to the House.
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  • What a place - really glad to have seen it - definitely would recommend a visit - especially if the weather is good. Beautiful buildings, grounds and views - and a fascinating guy behind it all. Must ...  read more »
  • This is both an intriguing and beautiful place to visit. It can be reached by an uphill walk from the centre of Gardone Riviera or by catching the road train near the ferry jetty for 3euros return. Yo...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A very beautiful place to visit and many interesting historical subjects. Great experience...
  • Gabriele DAnnunzio was a crazy nuts. Don't forget to book in advance, I managed to visit only the gardens full of very interesting ads suggestive follies, paths, waterfall, the violins pond. Only the garden took me a couple of hours... Go for it 100%!
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