Gardone Riviera is a small town on the west side of the Lake Garda, that has become really popular at the beginning of the last century, due to the presence of one of the most important writers of the twentieth century; Gabriele d’Annunzio. D’Annunzio lived in Gardone for seventeen years, from 1921 to 1938. A sort of “buen ritiro”, after an entire life spent between theatres, battlefields, planes and beautiful women.
His house, called Vittoriale degli Italiani, realized by the famous architect Giancarlo Maroni. has become national monument on 1925, when D’Annunzio was still alive. A tribute, probably, to such an important personality, embodying also the values of the Fascism, the main political party of that age. Vittoriale is not just a villa, but a complex of different buildings, hosting museums, monuments and memories of D’Annunzio and other important italian figures.
Gardone’s life orbits basically around the Vittoriale area; anway, you’ll able to enjoy also the beautiful natural landscapes of the area, and the food. The cheese, in particular, is very tasty. The reason is hidden in the grass the cows eat; it is more vitaminic and salty than normal grass, and the difference can be felt also into the cheese products.
And, if you eat cheese, don’t forget to accompain it with some of the local wine. Gardone’s wineyards are really popular. Also D’Annunzio loved the red wine of this area. For some people, the taste of that wine was the main reason why D’Annunzio decided to establish himself in Gardone.
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