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Great War Itineraries in the Marchlands of Treviso
The Marchlands of Treviso conserve poignant memories of the fighting that took place in the Great War between 1917 and 1918.
In this area the most important pages of the conflict were written. Every village has fragments of stories and facts to tell, still very much alive almost a century later: toponymical traces, remains of military stations, museums and historical routes along the Front all create the occasion to discover more about this strong bond between the local population and the historical events that took place here. There are four travel routes organized for the purpose of understanding, and not forgetting. 

Ultima Cima (the Last Peak)
Rommel and the 'Arditi' storm troops (transl. the 'Daring Ones') Peter Pan and General Gaetano Giardino, the craters and the trenches, the military roads and the devotion of a future Pope, the darkness of the tunnels contrasting with the whiteness of the snowfields – all is intertwined here on the Grappa Massif - the scenario for the most desperate acts of heroism and boldness of the special troops. Observing the monuments and rusty remains the story of those dramatic events comes to life, along an itinerary immersed in deep silence, as poignant as the infinite number of explosions of a hundred years ago.

The Battle of the 'Solstizio', as coined by D'Annunzio
Between the 15th and 21st of June 1918 the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Army of Charles von Habsburg of Austria gave rise to what was to be the last great offensive of a story centuries old. On the shingle river-beds of the Piave and on the dolines of the Montello, whole divisions moved, counter-attacked by very determined troops: the scars left in the environment and told in the myths handed down were numerous – Francesco Baracca and Nervesa (that has become 'Nervesa of the Battle') – small bunkers in the hedges and cannons turned towards the river - imposing shrines and well-tended British graveyards. The particular interest of this itinerary lies in the searching for the places that were the scenario for these events and in imagining them animated by the agitated confusion of the battle itself.

The Sacred River
Tumultuous waters, boats laden with soldiers, flimsy bridges destroyed by the artillery, tangles of barbed wire transported by the currents – these are the images that come to mind following the course of the river Piave, visiting the bunkers hidden in silent villages and monuments put up in pity by the local populations, museums built to commemorate objects retrieved, fragments of wall with famous writings. The presence of Hemingway is keenly felt on the steep banks of the river-bends while the peace of the pebbly shores is surprising, there where among the stones and shingle remains of weapons and fragments of war still crop up, carried away by the flow of water as were so many young lives.

The Final Battle
The memory of decisive actions such as that of the Battle for Vittorio Veneto is strongly associated with the memory of that terrible year of occupation of a good part of the province. The sufferings of the civil population did not annul the just as dramatic logistic situation of the Austro-Hungarian troops; today it is difficult to consider the story of this conflict without taking into account how the occupation changed in one single blow the territory, the lives and memories of the inhabitants. Roads dug out of the rock, memorial tablets, gravestones of those who died from privation and hardship, tales of spies parachuted down and famous museums are all elements to be found along this fascinating and historically important itinerary.

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Photos: Eulisse Great War


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