Ponti sul Mincio Castle was built in the 13th century on a moraine rock hilltop with an irregular plan, longer than it is wide, with five towers the main of which looking south east over the Mincio river. The masonry is built of river pebbles, stones and bricks. Following repetitive collapse of the western perimeter wall, diagnosis was carried out and a plan drawn up and executed for the restoration of the wall.
The project paid great attention to maintain as far as possible the materials used, with the only change being seen in the rain water drainage devices. Compatibility and mobility were also at the fore in the operation for strengthening the ramparts against seismic risk where metal structures were put in place. Full accessibility to the monument was also a priority (future maintenance is foreseen to be carried out with ropes and cables connected to the top of the structure).
The project also included the re-modelling of the ancient castle walkways, the creation of an access point to the belvedere overlooking the village and inside the fortified walls, a system of inter-connecting pathways to maximize visitor experience during events and shows.References:
Redipuglia is the largest Italian Military Sacrarium. It rises up on the western front of the Monte Sei Busi, which, in the First World War was bitterly fought after because, although it was not very high, from its summit it allowed an ample range of access from the West to the first steps of the Karstic table area.
The monumental staircase on which the remains of one hundred thousand fallen soldiers are lined up and which has at its base the monolith of the Duke of Aosta, who was the commanding officer of the third Brigade, and gives an image of a military grouping in the field of a Great Unity with its Commanding Officer at the front. The mortal remains of 100,187 fallen soldiers lie here, 39,857 of them identified and 60,330 unknown.