Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, Gardone Riviera

The Vittoriale degli italiani (English translation: The shrine of Italian victories) 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 (priory), an amphitheatre, the protected cruiser Puglia 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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  • The home of d'Annunzio will leave you speechless. You are ushered throughout the rooms with a guide who tells of his interesting life and history. I knew very little of the man before going to this...  more »
  • This is a nice tour to learn about the poet who lived here and visit the lovely gardens. We spent a few hours here and it was very interesting.  more »
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  • Bizarre, crazy, sick place to be at. The house is a hoarders house, so many books and other objects he collected that it could feel 2 museums and 3 libraries 😂 It's very depressive inside, but the garden is fantastic. Although you can wonder what the hell is a battle ship doing in the middle of the mainland?? Worth a visit, you need 3 hours at least.
  • We visited as a family with an age range of 18-75. There was something for everyone. Lots of quirky statues and sculptures as we went round. Magnificent views. Be aware there are a lot of steps, it became a running joke in the end. Would definitely recommend, need to allow at least half a day to see everything

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