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Iroso, The Last Mule Soldier Posted by on May 15, 2017

Possibly the most famous corps of the Italian Army are the Alpini, the elite mountain troops which were formed back in in 1872. The Alpini, who are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world, are also well known for their indispensable companions, i muli (the mules), which were still in service up until the…

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A Controversial Question Posted by on Sep 30, 2010

I recently received a comment from a reader, called Natalia De Luca on the subject of Gli Alpini, about which I recently wrote a series of articles. The comment comes in the form of a question: "Why are woman [sic.] and non registered military people allowed to join an alpini regiment, some are even of…

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Il Coro Degli Alpini Posted by on Aug 10, 2010

In my recent article ‘Al Passo dei Due Santi’ I recounted the tale of our trip up to a pass in the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano mountains to listen to a concert given by a local Alpini choir. The concert was so enjoyable that I decided to phone my friend, whose husband sings in the choir, in…

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Gli Alpini – part 1 Posted by on Jul 29, 2010

As I wrote in my last article ‘Al Passo dei Due Santi’, last Sunday my husband, my parents and I went to hear a concert given by the local Alpini choir. Gli Alpini (the Alpines) are an Italian military corps and the oldest active mountain infantry in the world. They are very popular in Italy…

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Al Passo dei Due Santi Posted by on Jul 26, 2010

Yesterday my husband and I took my parents to il Passo dei Due Santi (the Pass of the Two Saints) in the Appennino Tosco- Emiliano, located about 10 km west of Pontremoli a volo d’uccello (as the crow flies). The pass lies on the border between the regions of Toscana in the south and Emilia…

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