Ruth and I spent three days last month in Asiago with Forum Pal Kibe, his son Andrea and his friend Paolo Terzi. We had a great time, thanks to them, and saw a lot but not, I'm sure, anything like everything there is to see there. In another thread in this sub-forum I mentioned photos contained in the Diary for the AA units that served in Italy from December 1917 to the end of the War. Kibe got us close to the position of the unique AA gun on a field carriage at Tresche, although it meant walking along someone's drive! The church is still there but the ground in front of it has changed to allow buildings to be put up.
The other picture shows two guns on Cima di Fonte, although the Diary also calls the position Cima del Porco. Kibe didn't think we could find the site because the slopes of these two ridges have become heavily wooded in the last 90 years but took us to the area anyway because, as with most positions, the thin soils over solid limestone mean that the trenches blasted out of the rock and the sangars built from the rubble are still clear. As we got out of the cars, parked near the junction between the two cimas (ridges I think would be the translation) I saw a very large and high dry-stone wall in front of us on the slope. This supported an area of about 10ft by 30ft and there was what appeared to be the remains of a small, round-topped concrete building on the same level. Paolo then called out he'd found another, larger levelled area further up the slope. Again it had a dry-stone retaining wall but considerably larger. Once on top we could see it was about 20ft by 40ft, with the upslope having had about 10 feet blasted out of it and the downslope had been built up by a similar amount. Nearby was the remains of a second levelled area but it was in much poorer condition, with much of the rock having slipped down the slope. We compared it to the photo and there was a distinct similarity and, of course, it's hard too imagine why anyone except an army would go to so much trouble in what is, in truth, the middle of nowhere.
The retaining wall:
The levelled area:
We also visited Monte Rasta, the Sacrario Militare di Asiago, San Sisto ridge, Boscon, Granezza and Barenthal CWGC cemeteries and the museums at Canove and Tresche. I was surprised and delighted at the number of Italian families visiting the cemeteries, which are immaculate as CWGC sites always are.
There are other photos of Asiago and the rest of the trip in the same Photobucket album at: