Unforgettable day of trekking and commemoration on Monte Grappa - Discovering Italy with alequandro

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I'm still a little tired but I had a really exciting Sunday!

I woke up at 4:30 to be punctual at the meeting point, where the walk would start.

ITA

Sono ancora un po' stanco ma ho passato una domenica davvero emozionante!

Mi sono svegliato alle 4:30 per essere puntuale al punto di ritrovo, dove sarebbe iniziata la camminata.

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I decided to join a group of trekking enthusiasts with the aim of reaching the summit of Monte Grappa, where a commemorative event was celebrated for the inauguration of the Sacellum dedicated to the Madonna, which took place on 4 August 1901.

He was our guide, a former soldier and president of the sports association.
He had the task of accompanying us to the event, on time for the start of the celebrations.

ITA

Ho deciso di unirmi ad un gruppo di appassionati di trekking con lo scopo di raggiungere la cima del Monte Grappa, dove si sarebbe celebrata una manifestazione commemorativa per l'inaugurazione del Sacello dedicato alla Madonna, avvenuta il 4 agosto 1901“

Lui era la nostra guida, un ex militare e presidente dell'associazione sportiva.
Aveva il compito di accompagnarci fino alla manifestazione, in orario per l'inizio delle celebrazioni.

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The walk began immediately with a steep climb on wet grass and the more we climbed the more the show became beautiful!
The light was beautiful and the wet grass made the colors vibrant.

ITA

La camminata è iniziata subito con una salita ripidissima sull'erba bagnata e più salivamo più lo spettacolo diventava bello!
La luce era bellissima e l'erba bagnata rendeva i colori vibranti.

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Other groups just like us, climbed from different parts of the mountain towards the summit, very beautiful to see.

ITA

Altri gruppi proprio come noi, salivano da punti diversi della montagna in direzione della cima, molto bello da vedere.

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We walked in the direction of the sun and the effect of the counter light was fantastic!

ITA

Camminavamo in direzione del sole e l'effetto del contro luce era fantastico!

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At some point in the ascent the structures of the war memorial were beginning to be seen.

ITA

Ad un certo punto della salita si cominciavano a vedere le strutture del monumento ai caduti.

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The west part is dedicated to the bodies of Italian soldiers, the area to the east of the Austrian soldiers.

ITA

La parte ad ovest è dedicata alle salme dei soldati italiani, l'area a est ai soldati austriaci.

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The two structures are joined by a wide road called "via degli eroi" which is 300 meters long.
On the sides of the via degli eroi there are blocks that bear the name of the theater war peaks.

You think there are about 23,000 soldiers buried there!
It seems impossible...

ITA

Le due strutture sono unite da un'ampia strada chiamata "via degli eroi" che è lunga 300 metri.
Ai lati della via degli eroi ci sono dei blocchi che riportano il nome delle cime teatro di guerra.

Pensate che lì ci sono seppelliti circa 23000 soldati!
Sembra impossibile...

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The ceremony lasted 2 hours, there were many people, and they attended the military corps, the state representatives, the various military divisions of the municipalities of the territory, the choirs and bands, both Italian and Austrian.

ITA

La cerimonia è durata 2 ore, c'erano moltissime persone, e hanno presenziato i corpi militari, le rappresentanze dello stato, le diverse divisioni militari dei comuni del territorio, i cori e bande musicali sia italiane che austriache.

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Then the Pope's secretary of state, the cardinal, celebrated mass.

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Poi il segretario di stato del papa, il cardinale, ha celebrato la messa.

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When the celebration in front of the Italian ossuary ended, we all moved towards the Austrian ossuary...

ITA

Quando la celebrazione di fronte all'ossario italiano si è conclusa, tutti ci siamo spostati verso l'ossario austriaco...

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When the ceremony ended, people headed for nearby restaurants to eat, but we still had some way to go to get back to the cars, so we set off!

ITA

Quando si è conclusa la cerimonia le persone si sono dirette verso ristoranti vicini per mangiare, noi invece avevamo ancora della strada da fare per tornare alle auto, così ci siamo incamminati!

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Then Carlo our guide, took us to visit one of the most important military galleries to defend the top of the mountain during the First World War.
The Vittorio Emanuele III Gallery

ITA

Poi Carlo la nostra guida, ci ha portati a visitare una delle gallerie militari più importanti per difendere la cima del monte durante la prima guerra mondiale.
La galleria Vittorio Emanuele III

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Luckily I had a led lamp in my backpack, because in the gallery it was total darkness!

ITA

Per fortuna avevo nello zaino una lampada a led, nella galleria era buio totale!

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We visited many observation posts from where they fired and thought about the noise they were subjected to in those stone structures!

ITA

Abbiamo visitato molte postazioni di osservazione da dove sparavano e ho pensato al rumore a cui erano sottoposti dentro quelle strutture di pietra!

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Carlo then explained to us that the tunnel is more than 6 km long !!
It was done in four and a half months!

ITA

Carlo ci ha poi spiegato che la galleria è lunga più di 6 km!!
E' stata realizzata in quattro mesi e mezzo!

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Then from the darkness and cold of the gallery we went out again outside and our eyes had to get used to the light again...

ITA

Poi dal buio e freddo della galleria siamo usciti di nuovo all'esterno e gli occhi si sono dovuti riabituare alla luce...

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The day was fantastic but I admit that I felt a little tired ... I was up at 4:30, it was 2:00 pm and I still had to eat!

I couldn't wait to sit down :D

ITA

La giornata era fantastica però ammetto che sentivo un po' la stanchezza...ero in piedi dalle 4:30, erano le 14:00 e dovevo ancora mangiare!

Non vedevo l'ora di sedermi :D

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Around us there was a landscape made of hills, a soft, sinuous landscape...

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Attorno a noi c'era un paesaggio fatto di colline, un paesaggio morbido, sinuoso...

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Despite the fatigue the desire to take pictures has not abandoned me!

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Nonostante la stanchezza la voglia di fare foto non mi ha abbandonato!

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In front of a tank where the animals are watered I put the camera away and I thought it was the right place to drink the last water of my water bottle! : D

By now I had arrived and I was very tired but satisfied!

ITA

Di fronte a una vasca dove si abbeverano gli animali ho riposto la macchina fotografica e ho pensato fosse il posto giusto per bere l'ultima acqua della mia borraccia! :D

Ormai ero arrivato ed ero molto stanco ma soddisfatto!

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An experience that I have never done and that I recommend to everyone.

ITA

Un'esperienza che non ho mai fatto e che consiglio a tutti.

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Well, by now I have to admit that @alequandro 's posts are really commendable, you always tell us very interesting things and your stories are full of meaning and full of details. not to mention your photos, which are exceptional! the photos of nature are always beautiful, but this time I have to say that the celebration of the ceremony in front of the ossuary is particularly impressive: how not to rethink all that those soldiers suffered in those trenches to defend an Italy not yet united. we must not forget what the past teaches us, but unfortunately I think that there is often a lot of hypocrisy in these events: pray, the heroes of the past are commemorated but too often we do not yet know how to sacrifice ourselves for other men like those Alpine men did. thanks for sharing :-))

Thank you! It takes time to make a post like that, but when I publish it, I'm happy, because I know I've written a memory that will remain indelible over time.

I have the feeling that in recent years certain values ​​of unity and respect are less present.

Taking part in that ceremony gave me hope that there are many people who have not forgotten the importance of certain values.
I also thought like you that these manifestations have a fund of hypocrisy but when I was there, I felt a strong sense of unity and moral participation.

While I was there I also thought that many of those people follow political leaders who go against these principles and it made me a little angry.

But I believe these events are important and should be organized to attract as many young people as possible.

In my small way I try to document them through my photos and tell them what happens outside of television and shopping centers!

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