Civitella in Val di Chianna,,,A Beautiful Tusan Town with a tragic history

Civitella valdi di Chianna Is one of the best-preserved fortresses of the 6th and the 7th century in central Italy.

Cats of Civitella Val di Chianna

Quaint Street

we had a delightful lunch here

Friendly doggie

Stairway up to town

My favorite door



Town Square

We spent a lovely few hours in this beautiful little hill top city.  While in Europe you forget there was a world war there till you hear the history of the town, this was one of those cities with a tragic past.   On -06-29 1944,  203 men, women and children  of Civitella were massacred by Hermann Göring Division, in retaliation for the killing of two German soldiers by the hands of partisans that lived in the town.  As the story goes, the German soldiers were killed while playing cards.  When the town people heard what had happened everyone fled the town knowing that there would be repercussions.  A few people stayed to help bury the German soldiers.   They were told by the German Commander in charge that these things happen in war and all was forgiven, tell everyone to come back.  So the towns people did.  They were all brought into the town square and killed.

In 1963 the city received the Gold Medal for Civilian Valour.

On 10 October 2006, SS Max Josef Milde was convicted for his role in the Civitella massacre.  In October 2008 it was ruled that Germany was to pay one million dollars to victims of the massacre.


Peace on Earth, Please!