14. D’Annunzio and the turtle


Nuvolari’s popolarity grew more and more. On 28 April 1932, famous Italian poet and writer Gabriele D’Annunzio, who admired him as a heroe, invited him to the “Vittoriale”, his fantastic residence on Garda Lake

Nuvolari’s name was frequently seen on the front page. He found himself invited by many of the «Greats» of the time. The poet Gabriele D’Annunzio received him at The Vittoriale degli
Italiani, where Nuvolari was given a little golden turtle bearing the dedication: «To the fastest man in the world, the slowest animal». Tazio considered this little piece as a good luck charm, and also a symbol. He had it embroidered on the yellow jersey which he wore to race in, printed on his stationery and painted on the side of the personal airplane that he acquired some years later. He had also some copies made which – just as the poet had done – he gave to friends, those dear to him and also those who could be important.
A few months later, just after Tazio’s win in the Coppa Acerbo, Mussolini received him in Rome and posed with him for the photographers by an Alfa Romeo P3.