Military sanctuary of Montello, NervesaMilitary sanctuary of Montello, Nervesa

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This imposing monument dominates the north-eastern part of Montello.

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Since December 1917, Austro-hungarian and Italian armies were facing on the banks of the Piave River.

From 15th to 23th June 1918, the Austrians, with 58 divisions, launched a major offensive in the region Montello. They managed to cross the Piave river and advanced a few kilometres but there, they met a strong Italian resistance.

Due to very bad weather conditions, large quantities of water descended from the Alps and enlarged the river... In addition with the effects of artillery, the floods scattered the boat-bridges... The troops who passed on the southern bank of the Piave river were taken into a trap and Borojevic, the Austrian Chief Commander, had resolved to order his troops to withdraw, with heavy losses on both sides : 150,000 men on the Austrian side, including 24,000 prisoners).

What the Italians call the Solstice battle was the last offensive of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Indeed, as a result of this expensive military failure, a mutiny broke out : this was the beginning of the disintegration of the Empire.

Designed by Happy Non in Rome, the sanctuary was completed in 1935. It houses 9,325 bodies, which only 6,100 could be identified...

With its huge tower square, opened on the sky, the sanctuary is visible from far.

The front side of the monument dominates what was the theatre of the Solstice Battle.

A room is dedicated to watch historical documentaries of the battle.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

From 1 May to 30 September : from 9-12 a.m. and 3- 6 p.m.
From 1 October to 30 April : from 9-12 a.m. and 2- 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays

Visit duration: 

1 hour

Entry fees: 

Free

Contact: 

tel : + 39 0422 779996