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The Priory

The Priory is the house whichd’Annunzio transformed and furnished on the shores of Lake Garda. From a simple farmhouse, which formerly belonged to the German art critic Henri Thode, d’Annunzio created a house museum which he intended to furnish as a narcissistic memory of himself. A symbol of his “inimitable life”, the rooms inside the house preserve about 10.000 objects and 33.000 books, which are linked to enigmatic phrases and mottos which can be read on lintels and fireplaces, in a game of symbolical cross-references. Inside one breathes an atmosphere of sacredness, intensified by the dim lighting. Painted glass, heavily curtainedwindows, subdued lighting in the rooms, make the Priory a mysterious and evocative place in which the poet, who was afraid of too much light, could live well. D’Annunzio conceived and created the villa with meticulous attention to detail creating rooms suited to different moments in life: from the Music Room in which he loved to listen to Luisa Baccara, his last lover, behind heavy curtains, to the room of the Leper created as his last abode, with the bed which is symbolic of the two ages, to his Workshop, the study for the worker of the word, as the poet usually defined himself.

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