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The secrets of the Great War’s paths

In the North-East of Italy you can do “green” holidays in the history, on walk and by bike. Celebrating the Centenary of the conflict, there are many restored paths to explore, with a backpack full of stories and tales

Pamela Pucci

The secrets of the Great War’s paths
North-East: “green” holiday in the history

You are on holiday in Veneto and suddenly you notice a long line to get infinitely lost in woods and meadows. It will be a sinking heart because you will remember the fallen soldiers in the trenches of the First World War, the desperate prisoners that ran along the hills burned, the shots of the weapons, the confusion and the assaults of one of the many battles that have marked the region.

Montello, Grappa, Piave, Altopiano di Asiago, Col di Lana, Tofane, Dolomiti di Sesto, Marmolada… They are an infinite number of small and large theaters of battle in a long war of position that shaped people and places, leaving behind tracks that have invaded the landscape and the memories of each family.

Veneto is today a region-memory enclosed in two dates: 28th of July 1914 and 11th of November 1918 are extremes of a conflict that involved five continents. Also the North-East of Italy was involved and it entered into war in 1915,  the hardest frontline against the Austro-Hungarian invasion.

A war of tunnels and mines on the mountains turned into stone towers. From Lombardia to Trentino Alto Adige, from Veneto to Friuli Venezia Giulia.

In fact, it was called the Great War because it was an event like no others in the history of the people, for number of deaths and the socio-cultural changes. For Italy, who had recently left the fiftieth anniversary of national unification, it was the "moment of truth" in which to be united more than ever, in a painful destiny but faced with heroism.

Trenches, craters, walkways, trails, forts, loophole and peaks smoothed by gunfire.

With the Centenary of the Great War, the regions of North -East launch the tourism of the memory. It's an invitation to explore the area which is also the discovery of the cultural and historical heritage linked to the epic of resistance and victory, the sacrifice of the peasants soldiers and of the rock-shrine.

Do not just put your feet in the landscapes of war, you must have in the backpack the stories and the images in black and white. This is the invitation: a holiday package "green" and cultural in a new geography not only physical but also of remembrance, between Alpine passes and harnessed rocks forever in the pages of history.

To commemorate the hundred years since the outbreak, it was launched a project for the recovery of the many military paths, transformed into hiking-trails of peace. They are also open to the two wheels, including shrines, powerful landscapes, pinnacles and forests.

The calendar of events for the Centenary will close in 2018 and will be full of events, as well as the many itineraries and organized tours.

Where to Go? To have an idea you have to go in Veneto, along the Piave and the Plateau of Asiago, which has not experienced a moment of peace. In Trentino, on plateau of Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna, in those years it was an advanced line of the Austrians. In Alto Adige, where the memory is combined with the high altitude trekking, climbing routes and the spectacular galleries of Lagazuoi, built by the Italian Alpines and then fill them with explosives and defeat the enemy army.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia among the many trenches dug in the Carso, on the Prealpi, between the peaks of Giulie and Carniche Alps, the mountains Ermada, San Michele, Calvario and Sabotino.

On the dedicated website you can find all guided tours, maps, packages with events and special offers.




North-East: “green” holiday in the history