The story of 'Bloody Corner' is one I've been researching recently for my next book, a trilogy about wartime Verona.
Today I went for a site visit.
The Magazzini Generali, a storage, logistical and refrigeration zone, was constructed during the fascist era to promote the economic development of the city and improve the flow of goods to northern European markets.
On 25 April 1945 the tanks of the 752nd Tank Battalian reached the area on the southern periphery of the city, where a bloody battle ensued. The men of the 752nd were amongst the first Americans to reach occupied Verona.
Today the area has undergone extensive regeneration, with Unicredit, Glaxo and the University of Verona amongst the new occupants.
Although much has changed since 1945, the buildings that provided the backdrop to those dramatic scenes are still clearly recognisable today.
The full story of Bloody Corner, and many others like it, will be told in the forthcoming trilogy Verona at War.
Verona residents are missing the city's Vinitaly wine fair, cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus crisis. Writer Richard Hough asks whether such events will remain important in Italy - and tries a digital tasting instead.
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If you’re looking for a book set in Verona, Italy, check out Richard Hough’s “Notes from Verona”: Reflections on family life from inside locked-down Italy. I had the pleasure to chat with Richard Hough about his book on life in lockdown Italy and living in a place like Verona. Let’s find out more about him and the city of Verona.
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Richard Hough writes about history, football, wine, whisky, culture + travel and is currently working on a trilogy about wartime Verona.