Gardone Riviera – A Town of Astonishing Natural Beauty
Location: In Italy’s stunning Lombardy region
Gardone Riviera is located 40 km northeast of Como on the west side of Lake Garda, inside the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano. It has excellent road and railway connections with nearby cities. The nearest airport is Verona, 37 Km from the centre of the town.
Business: Tourism and exquisite local cuisine
Currently best known as a luxury holiday resort, the economy of Gardone Riviera was traditionally based on agriculture and fishing. Since the 1970’s, tourism has become increasingly important for the local economy and the delicious fish restaurants around Lake Como are a major source of income for the region.
Culture: In memory of the "inimitable life" of the poet-soldier
Seemingly part of another world, the Vittoriale degli Italiani is a citadel, a complex of buildings, squares, streets, gardens, an outdoor theatre, and a circular mausoleum built between 1921 and 1938. Located within the estate is the Prioria, the house of Gabriele D'Annunzio, Prince of Montenevoso, a controversial Italian poet, playwright, and World War I soldier, admired by his peers and criticized by many for his political views. Designed by architect Giancarlo Maroni, the mansion as well as the austere architectural layout of the surroundings, shows influences of Italian Fascist architecture that comes in stark contrast with the supple or even playful style of almost every other building or garden in the area. From the hill, the view on Lake Como is still magnificent.
Activities: A view from the lake
Winston Churchill visited Gardone Riviera after the war, and is said to have enjoyed a number of boat tours in Lake Garda during his stay. Following his example, you can enjoy panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area together with the snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps. You will come across many Italian visitors who are here for a city break. They will without fail tip you on the best fish trattoria in the area. Tasting on one of Lake Garda’s fish dishes is indeed a remarkable gastronomical experience.