La Vittoriale degli Italiani (The shrine of Italian victories) is a grand villa in the hills of the Gardone Riviera, on the shore of Largo di Garda. We visited the villa where Gabriele d’Annuzio, the Italian writer and poet lived. The villa – a museum now – contains thousands of objet’s d’art and over 30,000 volumes of literature…amazing, though a bit morbid! Along with the villa, there is an amphitheatre and a mausoleum – a circular structure in classic fascist architecture – situated at the highest point on the estate. It contains the remains of men who served D’Annunzio and d’Annunzio himself.
Beautiful views of Largo di Garda and the surrounding hills….