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Gabriele D'Annunzio's Villa

At Gardone Riviera the dark, brooding villa of Gabriele D'Annunzio set on a hill a short walk from out hotel. Gabriele D'Annunzio was a well-known Italian poet in the early 1900s. We toured the villa and its garden on a hot muggy day and it left us depressed and uneasy. The humid garden steamed from dense foliage. The garden's dark architecture seemed alien. The even darker rooms inside the villa were draped with browns and blacks.  One room included a coffin in which D'Annunzio would lie to contemplate the meaning of life.   

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