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Great War Route: Prunno, San Sisto Ridge, Kaberlaba, Barenthal-Asiago


Sentiero settore inglese prunno

Historical places of the great war. English Sector: Prunno-San Sisto Ridge-Kaberlaba-Barenthal


It only takes a few minutes by car and some free time to enjoy nature, combining a relaxing walk suitable for all with a visit to some places that still bear the indelible signs of history and culture of theAltopiano dei Sette Comuni.

The proposed route will take us to the discovery of some significant places, linked from one side to the ancient traditions of thePlateau and that have been more recently involved in the events of the first world war in particular seeing theEnglish army.


HISTORICAL ENGLISH SECTOR: Prunno-San Sisto Ridge-Kaberlaba-Barenthal 
Technical indications
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 200 metres
Min. altitude: 1021 m
Max Altitude: 1200 m
Length: 5 Km
Walking time: 2.5 h (gait)
Means of transport: on foot

The starting point of the trail is located at the Prunno location and is easily reachable by car along for a couple of kilometers the road from Asiago goes towards Bassano del Grappa. To get to the places you can follow signs to meet local left shortly after the junction of theHospital.

Il bosco visibile dal sentieroTHE PATH

Take the dirt road that enters the Woods it is impossible to imagine that this land, today covered by lush green forests of spruce , even 100 years ago, shocked by the bloody battles and incessant bombardment.

A few hundred meters from the departure, after crossing a culvert on the road we will be facing a crossroads, where we take the road to the right that will take us to go deep in the Woods. After a few minutes of walk we face a clearing in which stands a small chapel dedicated to Saint Sixtus and more commonly known by the locals as a Lazaretto. As the name suggests we are faced with a votive Church built in Thanksgiving for the end of the plague of 1631, because in this place were placed.

Recommended refuge: Baita Prunno

Baita Prunno


The structure of Prunno Hut overlooking the grassy clearing. The whole area has become outdoor leisure park and offers: Agility Forest, climbing, soccer, volleyball, jogging track, playground, pet farmyard fence and blade.

It is also the departure of Nordic Walking, Orienteering, Mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing, marked with red dots/green/blue and from CAI. New: the path with the dogs, equipped with a kit for the needs and baskets, unique in its kind in the territory. Not surprisingly, the photo/Prunno logo depicts 2 owls that have nested right there! The slogan is in fact: "I'm Prunno, I'm in!"

The Baita Prunno offers bar and restaurant with typical local products: cheeses, cold meats, Rotzo potatoes, honey. Typical dishes: potato pudding, soups and homemade pasta. The pleasant exterior and interior furnishings, objects of the country tradition, old prints, the stoves create a unique environment and put anyone at ease enjoy home-style cooking and share a moment of thoughtlessness in good company.

Cappella San Sisto conosciuta come LazzarettoNearly 300 years later, in 1918 this area (renamed San Sisto Ridge) was occupied by theBritish army which installed major military works. Some of these works are still visible. Only since last summer have been unearthed, for example (in the undergrowth one hundred metres before the chapel on the right) of the bunker on whose entrance is still present and regimentali inscriptions.

Similarly, entering in the Woods you can intercept the third line of English resistance, called Adelphi Trench with still visible pits for the placement of machine guns. Inside the forest with a little care you can observe a series of dark stripes placed horizontally on the stem of each tree. Such signs are the glue residue derived from an eradication of a parasite ( Cephalcia arvensis) which in the 1990s has seriously jeopardized the survival of these Woods.

Continuing along the road, after a few hundred metres you will come across a road that branches off to the left and after a short climb leads to a large clearing where we find Malga Fassa. From this point you can enjoy an enviable view over the Valley of Asiago.
From here you will have to take another road going in the Woods to the left of the clearing will lead us down a small Valley called Prinele to the bottom of the Barenthal Valley.

Recommended Guide books for this location: Highland Guides
Guide Altopiano

To get to know these places, guided hike safely along this route with departure and return from the ice stadium in Asiago, contact the guides.

Tel: 340 7347864
E-mail: info@guidealtopiano.com


Continuing a few hundred metres down this road we reach the point of interest on our route, the British cemetery Barenthal ( cimbro Valle dell'Orso), dating from the first world war.

The cemetery is one of the five, belonging to theBritish army, still present on thePlateau. It's interesting to read that the land on which they stand were donated from Italy to the British Crown, which, through the Commonwealth war graves commission takes care of the maintenance.

In total within the cemetery contains the remains of 116 soldiers. On each gravestone are carved in white marble, in addition to the personal data of the soldier on regimental insignia and a phrase chosen by her relatives.

Particolare delle tombe del cimiteroLeaving behind the cemetery and back on their passisi reaches the starting point again, after 1 kilometer and a half to leisurely stroll on a dirt road. On the way back you can pay attention to the remains ofospedaletto English military that you will find along the road on the left.