Baitone Alpino suggest: Il vittoriale degli italiani
The Vittoriale extends for about nine hectares on the hills of Gardone Riviera in a panoramic position overlooking the lake. The visitor is welcomed by the monumental entrance consisting of a pair of arches in the center of which there is a fountain bearing in bronze letters a passage from the Secret Book, the last work written by Gabriele d'Annunzio. A pair of cornucopias and a tympanum surmount the fountain. From the entrance arches there is a twofold path: the first slightly uphill leads to the priory, the house-museum of Gabriele d'Annunzio, and climbing again to the military ship Puglia and the mausoleum of the heroes with the poet's tomb; the second leads to the gardens, the arengo, and, through a series of terraces sloping down towards the lake, you reach the lemon house and the orchard. The vittoriale hosts concerts every year in its open-air theater which enjoys a view of the lake having as its natural scenography Mount Baldo, the island of Garda, the fortress of Manerba in which the German poet Goethe seemed to recognize Dante's profile and the peninsula of Sirmione. You can book a tour or concert tickets on the official website.