The Museum

The Museo del '900 e della Grande Guerra ('Museum of the 20th Century and of the Great War') of Crocetta del Montello is located at the former Villa Pontello Institute, on the north-western side of the Montello hill. The area, along the banks of the Piave river, is known for its outstanding landscape and natural beauty and sits at the crossroads of several historical and tourist itineraries and trails extending from the north to the foothills of Mount Grappa.

The 2,000mq area exhibits a range of World War I items collected mostly in the territory between Nervesa and Segusino, along the Piave and at the foothills of Mount Grappa. Maps and directions are available to access the surrounding areas of historical interest. The Museum collections feature a series of objects pertaining to the lives of soldiers and refugees after the Austro-German occupation. These include interesting tangible remains (gas masks, army camp beds, surgical tools, archived documents, period clothes, furniture pieces, photographs, graphic design, and so on) as well as intangible ones (songs, interviews, memories, etc.). The Museum also displays a large number of military uniforms and blankets used by the troops and the Red Cross.

The visit to the Museum, whose purpose is the rediscovery of historical memory, offers several interpretations and is therefore suitable to any type of approach or age. Indeed, it offers a chance to become familiar with the outgoing personality of the area and with events which left a significant and lasting trace on the territory.

“La divisione di Acland venne schierata su una collina tondeggiante chiamata il Montello, «lunga una dozzina di chilometri, che nel punto più largo arrivava a sei chilometri d'ampiezza, con quota  massima di 250 metri, un ameno colle coperto di vigneti e campi coltivati, inframezzati  da piccoli boschetti. [...] I versanti settentrionali  scendevano ripidi verso la riva del fiume, su cui torreggiavano come rupi”.
Era l’ultima costola delle Alpi prima della pianura costiera e forniva un buon punto di osservazione  sulle linee del nemico. I soldati inglesi amavano quel punto di appostamento.

Mark Thompson: La Guerra Bianca; vita e morte sul fronte italiano 1915-1919. Pag. 347.Il Saggiatore 2008