The Priory is the last abode of Gabriele d’Annunzio, furnished and decorated according to his tastes as “upholsterer beyond compare”: “Everything here bears the mark of my style, in the sense I want to give to my style”.
Gabriele d’Annunzio expressed his will to build a museum celebrating his heroic deeds and those of the Italian people during the Great War.
The Secret d’Annunzio Museum, inaugurated in 2010 in the large exhibition space located under the theatre, collects what was unknown to the public to date as these relics were locked up in the closets and drawers of the Priory.
The MAS 96, employed by d’Annunzio during the Bakar mockery, reached il Vittoriale in 1923 and can still be admired on il Vittoriale park premises.
The remains of Gabriele d’Annunzio rest in the Mausoleum, surrounded by his loyal companions – including architect Gian Carlo Maroni.
By will of d’Annunzio, the Royal Ship Puglia (a gift from Admiral Thaon di Revel) was set in il Vittoriale park with its bow turned in the direction of the Adriatic Sea in memory of its captain Tommaso Gulli.
The theatre, called “Parlaggio” by d’Annunzio, faces onto the lake and can accommodate approximately 1,500 spectators.
This is a very special and nearly magical place: it is a reservoir in violin-shaped stone, in memory of Gasparo da Salò who is considered the man who invented the violin.