Vittoriale degli Italiani
Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
The Vittoriale degli Italiani, or Shrine of Italian Victories, is the monumental citadel built in Gardone Riviera on the shores of Lake Garda by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, together with the architect Giancarlo Maroni from 1921 to 1938. It was the residence of the poet who, before dying, gave it to the Italian people. It was declared a national monument in 1925.
The Vittoriale is a complex of buildings, streets, squares, theatres, gardens and waterways erected in memory of his extraordinary life and the heroic deeds of the Italians during the Great War.
Relics of the most daring missions can be found among the Mediterranean olive trees and cypresses: the MAS of Beffa di Buccari (the Bakar mockery), the SVA airplane of the flight on Vienna, to the bow of the cruiser Puglia reassembled on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the park.
At the highest and most panoramic point of the Vittoriale, the profile of the mausoleum stands out, a monument to the victims of war, where the Commander Gabriele d' Annunzio is buried along with some of the legionaries who participated in the seizure of Fiume.
In the gardens, between the trunks of a grove of magnolias lie the shafts of the columns and the seats of the Arengo. As you make your way down the terraces you will encounter the old lemon and fruit orchard.
The outdoor theatre stands against the stunning backdrop of Lake Garda. Inspired by the models of antiquity, it can hold up to 1,500 people and continues to host theatrical and musical events in the summer.