The Memory of the Resistance
Almost hidden in the Umbrian-Marche Apennines, Pietralunga became the protagonist of the Resistance against Nazi-Fascism. Its heights became the ideal refuge for young people who refused to fight or work for the German occupation army and the fascist dictatorship. Italian deserters and Slavs and Anglo-Americans fleeing fascist prison camps joined the young reluctant young people – not only from the local area, but from all over the Upper Umbrian Tiber Valley and from the Eugubino region. These partisans joined the “San Faustino” Proletarian Impact Brigade.
Such was the importance of the Resistance in the Pietralunghese territory that the partisans managed, albeit for a short period, to make it a “free zone” under their control. It is no coincidence then that Pietralunga was decorated with the bronze medal for military valor and houses the Monument to the Umbrian Partisan.
The Resistance was here a mass movement for freedom. The rural population hid, fed and protected the young in the bush. An ideal membership that also saw women in the front row: there would have been no outlets for the partisan struggle without the support of those who fought against it without weapons.