Museum and theater at Vittoriale degli Italiani
The Vittoriale in Gardone Riviera is a complex that includes many buildings, streets, plazas, an open air theater, gardens, and some fountains and streams. The complex was constructed between 1921 and 1938 Brescia in the area of Lake Garda by Gabriele D'Annunzio with the involvement of architect Giancarlo Meloni. The Vittoriale extends approximately 9 hectares and is located on the hills of Gardone Riviera.
Access to the complex is through a monumental entrance composed of a pair of arches above a fountain. After passing through the entry, visitors find the classically-inspired amphitheater built on the model of the one in Pompeii. Continuing toward the Piazzetta Dalmata, one finds the Priory, the home of Gabriele D'Annunzio, now a museum, the towers of the Archives, and finally the little temple to Victory. You may also admire two of the last automobiles owned by D'Annunzio, a Fiat T4 and an Isotta Fraschini.
The library kept in the rooms of the villa contains approximately 33000 volumes; there are many furnishings and valuable and exotic items collected by the poet. Inside the buildings, there are historic-literary, artistic-architectural, and naturalistic-environmental museum routes, through the rooms and the parks at the monumental complex. Theater and dance events are organized in the theater and various rooms of the facility.
Mille Miglia Museum
In honor of the legendary period car race, visitors to Brescia may enjoy the Mille Miglia Museum dedicated to it. Located at Via delle Rimembranze, in the historic Sant'Eufemia Monastery, the museum was founded on November 10, 2004 under the sponsorship of the Brescia Automobile Club. Its specific intent was to make known the cultural roots of the race in question and transmit its excitement.
From a structural perspective, Brescia’s Mille Miglia Museum is composed of nine sections, and each of these is equipped with exhibitions of period cars, accompanied by panels describing their history and the Italian cities involved in the race. More specifically, there are seven sections dedicated to the races held between 1927 and 1957, a section that includes the races from 1958-1961 and a final section for the contemporary Mille Miglia race.
At Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia, you may also visit the Salon in the former stable, in which are collected the most significant relics and evidence related to the race. For those intending to purchase various souvenirs and memorabilia, there is a wing of the facility dedicated to shopping.
Every year, the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia attracts thousands of fans and many others, thanks to its pleasant atmosphere combining culture and sports. It is definitely worth a visit.