Hiking Monte Ortigara's WW1 battlegrounds is a great 1 day hike to explore if you are traveling in the Vicenza Province or you are looking for a side trip during your stay in Venice.
To explore the history and development of Italy hiking on the Altopiano of Asiago present you the Italian picture of it's involvement in the First World War. At Monte Ortigara one of the most tragic battles of this conflict took place and was fought between 10 and 29 June 1917 which saw 400 thousand soldiers employed. On top of the main peak is a column was cut off in memory of the 20 thousand fallen, bearing the inscription "Not to forget". All along the route there are the old war trenches that testify to the atrocities that took place in these mountains, just think that before the bombings the top of Mount Ortigara was 8 meters higher. Also as you are walking in the peace and solitude of the area could you endure three to four years of fighting thoughtout the seasons in this place where tactics were frontal charges with a mass of men.
|Mountain Group||Asiago Altopiano | Prealps|
||Gallio | Vicenza Province|
|Trail Head||Piazzale Lozze 1770 meters|
|Recommended Period||May through Oct|
|Elevation Gain||600 meters|
|Highest Elevation||Cima Caldiera 2134|
|Time of March||5 hours|