Vittoriale degli italiani
In the early 1920s, Gabriele d'Annunzio bought and transformed, with the help of the architect Gian Carlo Maroni, the Villa of the German historian Henry Thode in the current Priory, which is surrounded by a charming park, winner of the award Most beautiful park in Italy in 2012. The Vittoriale is made up of several buildings, streets, squares, an open-air theater, gardens and waterways. It represents a casket of treasures and it was built in memory of the "inimitable life" of the poet-soldier and the exploits of the Italians during the First World War. Nowadays, the Vittoriale is a foundation open to the public and visited every year by about 180,000 people. The Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation has dedicated itself daily to the protection and enhancement of the wonders that this monument holds inside, since 1937. Fun fact: 2016 ended with 233,402 visitors.
Source: Garda Musei, translation by Chiara