Sunday, 22 June 2008

Off to Tuscany (8)

In a previous article, I have referred to the many monuments and memorials scattered through these hills which bear testament to the bitter fighting which took place here at the end of World War Two. The partisans in these hills had risen, not just against the German occupiers, but against their own government.

On this lovely little bridge, near Monzone, a local padre and his brother were executed and a memorial plaque records the atrocity.

One blazing hot summer day, myself and a basking lizard sat here on the stone parapet and read the very moving inscription, put there by his erstwhile flock, which tells of the gratitude of the padre's parishioners and names him as a true martyr.

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