GARDONE RIVIERA, THE GARDEN CITY

In the special series of celebrative postage stamps issued by Poste Italiane in 1953, next to Capri, Cortina, Taormina, was Gardone Riviera. Writers, painters, aristocrats, members of the wealthy bourgeoisie met in the sumptuous halls of its hotels. The first to fall in love with the place were the Germans, attracted to its extraordinarily mild climate, its luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation and its location.

The elevation of Gardone as a tourist destination started at the end of the 1800s, when in 1885, the patients of the German Doctor Ludwig Rohden started to arrive. The doctor had obtained great success in Arco and earned the trust of many persons, but not that of his colleagues. His success elicited much jealousy and with the pretext that his certification was not recognised in Austria, he was forced to change cities. Rohden thus came to Gardone, a city that is green all year round, and with a climate that was perfect for a treatment centre. It did not take long for the Grand Hotel Riviera to see in him a source of fortune. Upon the arrival of Rohden, it was a small hotel of 30 rooms,built in 1884 by the engineer Wimmer, who died just prior to its inauguration. The engineer’s widow, Emilia, was desperate because she was unable to find clients. The doctor changed the face and fame first of that hotel and then of all of Gardone, which in the year 1899-1900 found itself hosting 4,500 persons (while Arco in the same year had only 2,650). What sweet revenge for Rohden, who unfortunately died shortly after. He only had enough time to purchase an area called Ruhland (land of peace). Today the plaque “Ruhland” is still visible within Villa Turati on Corso Zanardelli 136. Even Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) chose Gardone as the ideal setting to spend the last period of his life (1921-1938) and where to build a monument to pay homage to his audacious feats undertaken in the First World War. Every year, between 200 and 300 thousand persons visit his Vittoriale.  

Gardone Riviera in 4 steps

Gabriele D’Annunzio had the Vittoriale built in the most antique and reserved part of the town, in Gardone Sopra...

A person to remember in Gardone is the doctor and dentist Arturo HRUSKA, the Tzar’s personal doctor when he arrived in Gardone in 1901...

The part of Gardone with a strong fin de siècle feel is Gardone Sotto...

Villa Fiordaliso (today an elegant castle retreat) was thus named by Mrs. Paola Emilia Polenghi ...

Questions and Answers

Having lunch or dinner at the restaurant ANTICO BROLOin Gardone Sopra...

If a romantic evening is what you are after, try the terrace of HOTEL VILLA DEL SOGNO...

THE THEATRE OF THE VITTORIALE,in the evening, has an atmosphere similar to that of Taormina ...

Try the WIMMER CAFÉ. Inside you will find a large...

If you are in search of relaxation or “rehab”, there’s the MAISON DU RELAX RELAIS BENESSERE ...

The report of Gardone Riviera