Marzabotto is not a pleasant place to visit – but it is a place one has to visit.
In 1944 Marzabotto was the site of Second World War’s largest civilian massacre in Western Europe. Nowadays, the memorial place is a small hill with some ruins and a plaque that shows the number of victims. Without knowing the history of the place, you’d only notice the nice view from the hill. Knowing that hundreds of people have been killed there will make you realise that peace cannot be taken for granted.
That’s why today, 75 years after the massacre, this place has a new crucial role: to promote peace and to remind people of times when it was absent. Learn more about peaceful co-existence in the neighbouring Monte Sole Peace School.