Vittoriale degli Italiani, monumental citadel built between 1921 and 1938 by Gabriele D'Annunzio with the collaboration of architect Giancarlo Maroni, stands on the shores of Lake Garda, in Gardone Riviera, in the province of Brescia, and is now a museum complex open to public.
Dedicated to the memory of the famous soldier-poet and to the war-making exploits of Italians in the First World War, the Vittoriale proposes various didactic itineraries to discover a fundamental period of our history.
The complete itinerary includes a guided tour, lasting about 30 minutes, to the Prioria, D'Annunzio's house, a luxurious building with an eighteenth-century façade. Among the many rooms you can admire the Stanza di Lede with the Loggia dell'Apollino, the Stanza della Musica, decorated with Murano glass by Napoleone Martinuzzi, and the Stanza della Cheli, a dining room that connects the building to the Schifamondo wing , expansion of the building.
The citadel preserves many historical relics, from the bow of the Puglia ship to the Mas 96 of Beffa di Buccari and the SVA 10 of the flight over Vienna. There are also the Museo d'Annunzio eroe and the Museo D'Annunzio segreto.
The gardens that surround it extend for about 11 hectares and are decorated with bronze statues, such as the "Crowned Crown of Thorns" by Martinuzzi, waterways that form the Laghetto delle Danze and fountains, such as the Fontana del Delfino. There is also a large amphitheater, called Parlaggio, inspired by the ancient theater of Pompeii, and the Mausoleum where the poet rests together with some Legionnaires from Fiume.