The Italian Vittoriale monumental citadel was built by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio together with architect Giancarlo Maroni from 1921 to 1938.
The Vittoriale is a complex of buildings, streets, squares, theaters, gardens and waterways. Built in memory of D'Annunzio's extraordinary life and heroic deeds of Italians during the Great War.
Among the Mediterranean olive trees and slender cypresses are placed the relics of the most daring feats: the boat MAS of the Buccari Escapade, the airplane SVA of the flight to Vienna and the bow of the cruiser Puglia reassembled on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the park.
In the highest and most panoramic point of the Vittoriale you find the Mausoleum, a monument to the war dead, where Gabriele D'Annunzio and some legionaries are buried.
In the gardens, hidden among the trunks of a magnolia grove, lie the column shafts and seats of the Arengo; down the terraces you will meet the lemon grove and orchard.
The outdoor theatre is looming with the beautiful blue lake background; inspired by ancient models, it can hold up to 1,500 people and still hosts, during the summer, theater and musical events.
The Foundation of Italian Vittoriale is open to the public all year round and is visited by about 180,000 people a year.