When I first moved to Italy I did my best to see every famous cathedral, museum and castle within means, filling my weekends and sometimes weekdays fulfilling the needs of a tourist on a mission. Unfortunately, the first few years of this gluttonous touristing caused what I call being “museumed out” This occurs when you have seen way too many museums, villas, castles, exhibitions, and far too many cathedrals. Your eyes begin to tire and your tired brain slows and you begin to remember less of what have seen. You enter a cathedral and you begin to hurry through and you take less notice of things. Your foggy brain, eyes and soul need a change of pace. This behavior is not akin only to foreigners, Italians also feel the need for change. I have found a good answer to this.
|Close To Verona, Padova|
|Beer Stop With A View|
After another ten minutes of walking up to the ruins (5,291 feet), the view, for me, evoked a strong emotion, realizing that Austrian and Italian soldiers struggled to live here throughout the war. What a hard life that must have been.
|Turret For Artillery|
During the war the Italian government was very corrupt and sent the soldiers next to nothing to combat the cold, such as sending shoes that were made of cardboard and fell apart after one day. The men did not eat well as food was scarce. Everything was brought up by mules not by trucks. During the war the men staged a revolt and the officers reacted by using their weapons, shooting several men and forcing the men to realize they had no choice but to go back to the lines.
When the men were to climb out of their protective embattlements and charge the other side, the officers were ordered to shoot anyone refusing to go forward. The men were forced to charge the three lines of barbed wire and multiple machine guns perched in high places with clear fields of fire all while being bombarded by artillery fire. It was a life of multiple suicidal charges and the result was that thousands on both sides would needlessly perish.
|Hiking Trails In The Area|
If you are interested in World War I history, you might also look into visiting the Shrine of Redipuglia. Built by Mussolini it is the largest shrine dedicated to the fallen military of the Great War. It was inaugurated on September 18, 1938 after ten years of construction and known as the Shrine "of hundred thousand", because it contains the remains of 100,187 soldiers who fell in the surrounding areas. This memorial is easily found on the north side of the autostrada near Trieste.