Photo Reportage #5: the Great War sites in the Treviso province (by Franco Cogoli)

In the Treviso province, a forty minute drive from Venice, are concentrated some of the most relevant landmarks and signs of the eastern front of World War I. The Monte Grappa range, between the provinces of Vicenza and Treviso, could be the perfect initiation of all First World War battlefield itineraries that could follow the Piave river course (Pederobba, the Montello hill, Nervesa della Battaglia, Ponte della Priula, the Papadopoli Island, down to its Adriatic mouth in the province of Venice). 

Today we have a great opportunity, since we are hosting in WWIB the first photo reportage made by a professional photographer. His name is Franco Cogoli and you can easily see what he has done so far by checking the below biography. We warmly thank him for giving us the permission to publish these great images he shot a few years ago. For him we make even an exception and we post nine photos instead of the usual eight pictures expected in this section of World War I Bridges.

With the nine images we discend from the Monte Grappa touching the following landmarks: an overview of the Monte Grappa range (1), a shot taken inside a fronzen "Vittorio Emanuele II" gallery on the summit of Monte Grappa (2), a view of the Italian and Austro-Hungarian Sanctuary covered with snow, always in the summit of Grappa (3), a clear blue sky over the winter parched grass of Col Fenilon with its cross, an important theatre of the Battle of the Solstice (4), the French Memorial in Pederobba (5), a superb view from the Montello hill embracing the Piave and Colli Asolani at sunset (6), the river Piave, Nervesa,and its military Sanctuary (7), a picture taken in the rooms of the World War I Museum of Maserada sul Piave, the institution behind this site and fully concentrated to study the presence of British Army along the river after during the Italian campaign (8) and finally a picture of the "Museo della Battaglia" in Vittorio Veneto (9) which is now under restauration works. Vittorio Veneto is the ideal end of this journey in the wake of images (just click on the first to start the show).

Franco Cogoli is travel photographer based in Italy, in the Veneto region; he started as professional photographer in 2000, having worked for several regional editions; after a three months experience in Alaska, he published the first reportage with Weekend Viaggi magazine; then he worked in assignment for some italian travel magazines like Bell'Italia, Bell'Europa, InViaggio, QuiTouring, with many reportages and covers published. He currently produces, together with the journalist Auretta Monesi, a food and wine column for the monthly magazine Bell'Italia. In 2005 he started working with the photoagency Simephoto, which represents part of his work throughout the world.  With Sime Books he has collaborated on few books. In 2011 he was commissioned to produce the pictures for the book "Semplice e buono", on the Dolomites traditional cooking and published by Athesia. He made a lot of reportages in Croatia and  I was awarded by the Croatian Tourist Board with the "Zlatna Penkala" (Golden Pen). He has a special interest on his country, the Veneto region, winning an award for the best reportage on the Veneto palladian villas, rewarded by the Istituto Regionale Ville Venete, and published on the monthly magazine ItinerariTravel; he also worked for some tourist boards of the Veneto region, with an important assignment by the Regione Veneto on seven beach resorts and some works commissioned by the Cavallino Treporti Tourist Office and the Asiago7comuni Tourist Office. He is working on a web-site, an online archive, on the Veneto region.