Wall of Italian Tombstones

Hiking Biking Researchers
Easy | 1 hr

In the area of Vrtojba (the Italians renamed it Vertoiba in Campisanti, which could be translated as Vrtojba amidst cemeteries), there were at least twelve military cemeteries immediately after World War I. Later on, by the year 1928, mortal remains of the soldiers had been exhumed from these cemeteries and buried in the central Vrtojba cemetery located next to the present Šempeter–Miren bypass. More than 3,300 fallen soldiers were buried in it; according to some other data even twice as many. The cemetery was named after Bruno Danero (1896–1917), holder of the Italian golden decoration for bravery, who fell in the fights on the Banjšice plateau. In 1938, the Italian authorities erected a charnel house at Oslavia/Oslavje and transferred mortal remains of their soldiers there. The locals removed tombstones from the cemetery and used them as building material. Even today, almost 3,000 of them are embedded in the supporting walls of the trim trail.

Photos: Simon Kovačič, Fundacija Poti miru

Access and useful info

Access

Taking the bypass, you drive past Šempeter pri Gorici to the roundabout, where you turn left and follow the signs for Ljubljana (motorway). Continue straight through the underpass, under the motorway and turn left before the entry onto the motorway and then the next right. After you turn right, park the car and continue on foot. Go straight on, when you reach a crossroad, turn left and at the next crossroad turn left again. You will notice the tombstones that form the part of the supporting wall soon after the last crossroad.

Information

Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
SI–5222 Kobarid
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296
turizem@potmiru.si, info@thewalkofpeace.com
www.thewalkofpeace.com

Hiking Biking Researchers
Easy | 1 hr

Duration

1 hr

GPS coordinates

45.914235, 13.650609

Altitude

106 m

Best time of year

January‒December

Equipment

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