Vittoriale degli Italiani
The Vittoriale degli Italiani is a complex of buildings, streets, squares, an open-air theater, gardens and waterways erected by the will of Gabriele d’Annunzio. The famous poet and patriot from Abruzzo, after his stay in Gardone Riviera and falling in love with the panorama of Lake Garda, decided to buy the property on which the Vittoriale stands today and to make a reign of memory about his exceptional life and of the Italian people during World War I. Inside there is the “D’Annunzio Secret” museum which houses D’Annunzio’s personal, daily and intimate objects.
SIRMIONE: FROM THE CATULLO CAVES TO THE SCAGLIERO CASTLE
Situated on a narrow peninsula, Sirmione extends for about four kilometers from the southern shore of Lake Garda, offering an incomparable panorama. Known by all as “the pearl of the islands and peninsulas” thanks to Catullus, Sirmione is the most famous town on Lake Garda.
In addition to hosting a spa of international level, it offers a rich historical and artistic heritage, which includes the archaeological area of the Grotte di Catullo and the Rocca Scaligera. The historic center is characterized by narrow streets with stone walls, capable of giving visitors romantic and suggestive views.
MUSA: MUSEUM OF SALÒ
The MUSA is an Italian civic museum of modern and contemporary art, located in Salò, about 10 minutes far from the hotel.
Salò is also a small jewel that hides many beauties at every corner: from the fifteenth-century Cathedral of Sant’Annunziata, to the alleys of the historic center, to the magical atmosphere of the lakefront with shops, restaurants and nice bars.
FOOD AND WINE TRADITION
Valtenesi, an area on the western shore of the lake, offers a rich food and wine tradition. First of all we mention the Chiaretto, nicknamed “wine of a night”, a renowned rosé wine of our territory. It is characterized by a bouquet of light aromas tending to almond. We also remember the Groppello blend, a Garda red wine renowned for its adaptability to local cuisine. Last but not least, Lugana is the best-known white wine of the territory also at an international level. Thanks to its elegance and freshness it is perfect as an aperitif, with appetizers and fish.
OIL FROM GARDA, PRODUCT OF EXCELLENCE
The olive tree, with its fascinating shapes and silvery leaves, is the element that characterizes the unforgettable Garda landscapes. Thanks to the favorable Mediterranean microclimate of the area, it is the most northerly produced oil in the world and is considered one of the best oils in Italy. The organoleptic characteristics of Garda PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil are its low acidity and intense to marked golden-green color, due to its high chlorophyll content. On the Garda there are mainly two types of varieties: Casaliva autochthonous cultivar and grown exclusively on Lake Garda and the Leccino variety.