Sacrario Militare di Redipuglia

We started our large August trip in the small northeastern Italian town of Redipuglia.  The “Sacrario Militare di Redipuglia” is a combined memorial/cemetery to the Italian soldiers who perished during WWI.  Built in the fascist-style, the stair-stepped monument is huge; 100,187 fallen are buried here – 39,857 known and 60,330 unknown.  The Duke of Aosta, who was the Commander of the Italian Third Army, is buried at the lowest level of the cemetery.  In order to to accommodate his wishes, the Duke was buried alongside his soldiers at the monument in 1931.  His grave is covered with a 75-ton red rock tomb, which is pretty impressive. … [Read More]