I recently spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the home of the famous Italian poet Gabriele d'Annunzio in Gardone Riviera. Touring the villa is fascinating experience, as it is chock full of artifacts that belonged to the poet and reveals his eccentric life style. The estate consists of d'Annunzio's residence called the Prioria, an amphitheater, the full size ship prow of the Puglia which is set into the gardens, a boathouse containing the vessel that D'Annunzio used in WWI and the circular mausoleum. From the top of the mausoleum you can enjoy a spectacular view of Lago di Garda. It is a great excursion also for young children.