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 didn't know the life of Annunzio the poet so to learn about him and his life was interesting. The garden is lovely and the view on the lake beautiful as well as the villa. 
  • For me the Italians ' victory is one of the most beautiful places of Lake Garda. A real historic treasure! the home of a man who made history! A unique place full of wonders to visit! It is definitely worth it and also its history is very interesting! Would go back to visit it 1000 times!
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  • We spent a wonderful afternoon in this fantastic long, a stroll in the gardens and a visit inside the House that takes your breath away.
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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...