town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, situated on the western shore of Lake Garda
- 2 Ferry pier. Ferries by Gestione Navigazione Laghi connect the town with the most of the destinations at the shores of the lake.
Direct services from Brescia:
- (S202). Brescia-Salò-Gardone Riviera-Toscolano-Gargnano-Riva del Garda.
- (S202m). Brescia - Riva del Garda.
- LN027. Desenzano del Garda - Salò - Gardone Riviera - Riva del Garda.
- LN005. Salò - Gardone Riviera - San Michele.
The nearest railway station is at the Desenzano del Garda. Take a bus or a ferry from there.
- 1 Il Vittoriale degli Italiani (The shrine of Italian victories), Via Vittoriale, 12, ☏ . Apr-Oct: 09:00-20:00; Nov-Mar: 09:00-17:00; last entry 1 hr before closing time; Museum d'Annunzio Eroe and Prioria on Monday: Apr-Oct 10:00-15:45, Nov-Mar – closed. An eccentric (like its former owner) estate of an Italian writer Gabriele d'Annunzio after his defenestration in 1922. References to the Vittoriale range from a “monumental citadel” to a “fascist lunapark”, the site inevitably inheriting the controversy surrounding its creator. The estate consists of the residence (house) of d'Annunzio called the Prioria (priory), an amphitheatre, the protected cruiser Puglia set into a hillside, a boathouse with the MAS 96 vessel used by D'Annunzio in 1918 and a circular mausoleum. Its grounds are now part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani circuit. itinerary C [dead link] (Parco, d'Annunzio Segreto) – €8€; itinerary B [dead link] (itinerary C + d'Annunzio Eroe) – €13; itinerary A [dead link] (itinerary B + Prioria, which is visited only by a guided tour ~30 min) – €16; tickets could be bought also online [formerly dead link].
- 2 Prioria.
- 3 Museo d'Annunzio Eroe.
- 4 Museo d'Annunzio Segreto.
- 5 Mausoleo degli Eroi (Mausolem of the Heroes). Including the tomb of d'Annunzio.
- 6 MAS 96 (Motoscafo armato silurante (torpedo armed motorboat)).
- 7 (protected cruiser Puglia). A military monument featuring a fore part of the former protected cruiser Puglia.
- 8 Teatro (Anfiteatro).
- 9 Giardini del Vittoriale (Vittoriale gardens).
- 10 Valletta dell’Acqua Pazza. A tiny valley with a stream and a path winding along it.
- 11 Giardino Botanico André Heller (Hruska Botanical Garden), Via Roma 2, ☏ . Mar-Oct: 09:00-19:00. A rich, grotesque and beautifully arranged botanical garden. The garden was originally laid down 1912 and 1914 by Arturo Hruska, a rich dentist. In its modern appearance it was opened in 1989; it belongs to André Heller Foundation. Perhaps its better to rush to the Vittoriale first and then if you have some energy and time left come to see this garden. €11.
- 12 Torre San Marco (ex Torre Ruhland), Corso Zanardelli, 142. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, in 1925 it was bought by Gabriele D'Annunzio and become a part of it's Vittoriale. It is owned by Fondazione Vittoriale degli Italiani. It season a piano bar is opened there.
- 13 Villa Alba, Corso Zanardelli,73. A grand neo-classical villa built between 1901 and 1910. Today it is a convention center.
- 14 Chiesa Evangelica, Via Vittoriale 4/A.
- 15 Museo Il Divino Infante (Museum of the Divine Child). A rather peculiar collection of various statues, carvings and dolls of Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus). Some people found it amusing.
- Pianobar La Torre (on the ground floor of the Torre San Marco). Summer: Tu-Su 22:30-03:00. Piano-disco bar.