Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Upper Tiber Valley, Umbria, in the Great War

"The Upper Tiber Valley, Umbria, in the Great War", the First World War, 1914-1918. An exhibition which opens in a few days time in Citta' di Castello, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the ending of this conflict, "The War to End all Wars", November 11th, at 11am 1918, and will be transferred later to San Sepulcro, the Tuscan town at the head of the valley near where the Tiber starts.

In the First War the Italians were on the side of the Allies, fighting desperately to throw off the domination of the Austrians, The Oest Reich, The Eastern Empire, and every small town and village lost brothers, fathers, sons and lovers in this conflict, many of whom are commemorated on memorials in the area.

This display is a unique opportunity to view a collection of local personal records of these times, uniforms, weapons, books, magazines, soldiers and momentos assembled from private sources in the area.

Never mind the chocolate festivals, the spaghetti and wild boar sauces, the wines and the beauty of the countryside, this is the real and deeply moving account of our valley, at war.