The path is barely wider than I am. I touch the rock to my right for balance. It’s cold, dark, wet. The path is slippery and I do slip every now and then. Outside, the sun is blazing down but in here, I am freezing. Then, finally I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Quite literally. And I take a deep breath. Just 51 more tunnels to go.
The Strada delle 52 Gallerie (Road of 52 tunnels) is a military mule road built during World War I (1917) on the massif Pasubio in Veneto, Italy.
It is 6,555 meters long, of which 2,280 are divided into 52 tunnels excavated from the rock. The minimum width of 2.20 m was originally intended to allow the transit of two mules with their baggage. Its implementation was of great strategic importance because it allowed communication and transfer of supplies from the…
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