Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
- Piazza Vittoriale
- 0365 29 65 11
- adult/child Il Vittoriale grounds €7/5, Il Vittoriale & Museo della Guerra €12/8, Il Vittoriale, Museo della Guerra & Casa di d’Annunzio €16/12
- Casa di D’Annunzio 9.30-7pm Apr-Sep, 9am-1pm & 2-5pm Oct-Mar, closed Mon, Museo della Guerra 9.30-7pm Apr-Sep, 9am-1pm & 2-5pm Oct-Mar, closed Wed, grounds 8.30am-8pm Apr-Sep, 9am-5pm Oct-Mar
Lonely Planet review for Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
Its heyday is recalled at the fabulous estate Il Vittoriale degli Italiani. Italy’s controversial poet and ultranationalist, Gabriele d’Annunzio (1863–1938) retreated here in 1922 because, he claimed, he wanted to escape the world that made him ill. Visits to d’Annunzio’s house are by guided 25-minute tour only (in Italian, every 10 minutes). The Museo della Guerra (War Museum) records d’Annunzio’s WWI antics – one of his most triumphant and more bizarre feats was to capture a battleship from the fledgling Yugoslavia shortly after WWI, when Italy’s territorial claims had been partly frustrated in postwar peace talks. In July and August, classical concerts, ballets, plays and operas are staged in the open-air theatre in the villa’s lush grounds.