In March, 2011, I visited this memorial site when it was buried in the snow. I made a silent wish that, if I was ever back there in warmer weather, I would be able to go again. And so it came to pass that in May this year, while showing the two pesky tourists around Bassano del Grappa, I asked them whether they might like to take a trip up the mountain with me. They’re good sports, they said “Sure”. So, I called a taxi, and in a few minutes, away we went.
The original account, with an explanation of the reason for the memorial, can be read here: with-respect
It was sunny and warm when we left Bassano del Grappa, but became progressively cooler and cloudier as we ascended. At one point, we saw what seemed to be large birds soaring in the skies, but the driver explained that there is a well-known hang gliding site here on the mountainside. Those of you who are more adventurous might like to give this a try, next time you’re in the Veneto. hanggliding
After four years, I was finally seeing this vast monument, situated at about 1775 meters.
Behind each of these small portals are the remains of an identified Italian soldier. Behind each of these are the remains of 100 unidentified Italian soldiers. Both the Italian and Austrian flags fly here. Imagine the heartbreak and sorrow represented in this site, for the families and friends of the young men who were doomed never to return home.