Culture

In the nearby of Villa del Sogno, you can visit many places that are part of Italian history

Arena of Verona
Arena of Verona
Santa Giulia Museum
Santa Giulia Museum
Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden

One of the best-preserved Roman Amphitheatres, it dates back to the first half of the 1st century B.C.

The splendid Arena is sheltered in the central Piazza Bra and is considered the icon of Verona. Long used for spectacles such as battles between gladiators, jousts, and tournaments, today it is considered the most important open-air lyric theatre.
   
Every summer it hosts the Lyric Festival, a major opera event boasting prestigious titles such as Verdi’s Aida, the Tosca of Puccini and Carmen by Bizet.

 

The historic centre of the city of Brescia is home to the rich and varied museum complex of Santa Giulia, based in the Benedictine convent of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia, founded in 753 B.C. by the Lombardian king Desiderio.  

Reopened with a splendid new look after nearly a decade of restoration work, completed in 1998, the museum offers two paths to visitors: one based on the history of the museum itself, and the other, more general, divided into historic areas. In addition, there are various temporary exhibitions dedicated to individual artists and periods.

Nature and art merge to create a unique environment for a sensory voyage to recover harmony of the body and spirit: the Hruska Botanical Gardens.

This magical place, owned by the 'André Heller' Foundation since 1998, was created by Arturo Hruska, who from 1910 to 1971 collected approximately 500 species of plants, also recreating their natural environments and microclimates.
   
The park also boasts sculptures by important internationally known artists such as Keith Haring and, in the summer period, it becomes an attractive setting for events and of contemporary art happenings.

 

Vittoriale degli italiani
Vittoriale degli italiani

In 1921, the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio settled in Gardone Riviera at what is now called 'Villa Cargnacco,' later transformed by the Vate (Umberto di Savoia) into the monumental complex of the Vittoriale.

The eclectic composition retains all the splendour of its origins, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in another world, practically merging into the thoughts and fantasies of the original Pescarese artist.

In this magic place, it is possible to admire the Priory, which was the personal residence of D'Annunzio, the light cruiser Puglia, the Mausoleum where the Vate is buried, and the M.A.S. vessel, historic cars, gardens, and Amphitheatre. Every year, during the summer season, this open-air theatre hosts numerous performances of prose, music and dance.