The Vittoriale degli Italiani is a complex of buildings, streets, squares, an open-air theater, gardens and waterways erected since 1921, in Gardone Riviera on the shores of Lake Garda by Gabriele d'Annunzio with the help of architect Gian Carlo Maroni, in memory of the "inimitable life" of the poet-soldier and of the Italian companies during the First World War.
Gardens, roads, streets, squares, house, library, waterways, amphitheater: when you get to the Vittoriale for the first time, you don't know exactly what to expect. And indeed every corner is a surprise.
The Vittoriale is a small big world in itself, perfectly nestled in the lake area. Each area, whether external or internal, conveys the particularity and the imaginative person of d'Annunzio, who collected as many memorabilia here as possible: sculptures, medals of value, relics, thousands of books, works of art of all kinds. In short, a house-museum to the nth degree. In addition to what you would never think of finding, scattered along the path of the entire complex: the SVA plane, the Puglia military ship, the MAS 96 submarine.
The surprising atmosphere is well perceptible even in the external environments, where luxurious gardens are ready to welcome you, the lemon house with the Belvedere, the Portico del Parente named after Michelangelo Buonarroti and the splendid amphitheater with lake view, which still hosts important events every summer musical and concert performances by renowned artists from all over the world.
On the top of the Vittoriale stands the mausoleum, an imposing funeral monument where Annunzio rests: the grandeur of an "inimitable life" that continues even today.
Il Vittoriale today is a foundation open to the public and visited annually by about 180,000 people.