The enhancement of Custoza’s Ossuary

Promote the image of Custoza as a land of peace, by relating to the meaning Ossuary monument dedicated to universal peace among peoples.

In particular:

  • Promote the idea of the territory of Custoza not as the land of wars, but as a land of peace;
  • Highlight the figure of Don Gaetano Pivatelli (pastor of Custoza) as the first promoter of the construction of the monument;
  • Explain how the construction of the monument was shared in Austria and Italy;
  • Promoting Ossuary Custoza as the first European monument forerunner of the union;
  • Emphasize the importance of participation in the process of building the world of culture and politics from Verona (Arena subscribe to the newspaper, the presence in the Committee for the edification of Custoza’s ossuary as Aleardo Aleardi, Giulio Camuzzoni and Angelo Messedaglia).
  • Promote and enhance the purposes of tourism and cultural renaissance all the places on the entire municipal area.


Description of the action and objectives:

Collaboration across the board with the province of Verona (the owner of the property) for the enhancement of the monument through various actions:

  • Arrive to a definition of convection for the management of the property by the City of Sommacampagna as implementation of the principle of vertical subsidiarity which states that the administrative activities should be managed by government closer to the people governed.
  • Installation and maintenance of an internet connection at the monumental site for information retrieval
  • Continuative Inserting of the Ossuary and the territory of the moraine hills in the activities of the province as “Treasures Veronesi”.

In particular, the agreement must provide for the following expenses and commitments from the Province:

a) Extraordinary maintenance.

b) Joint promotion of the image of the ossuary within its communication plan.

c) Promotion of initiatives involving cultural-historical-tourist routes of the City regarding the Ossuary.

d) Award to the City of an annual contribution to the management of the monument.

e) A commitment by the province to encourage visits/tours of all provincial schools at the monument recalling its value and the active participation of the whole society from Verona to its construction.


1) The management of the Ossuary and the promotion of its image historical-touristic-cultural through the planning and promotion of cultural, educational and tourism connected to it and the activation of an efficient museum with the dissemination of information material related to the Ossuary, and the historical events related to the pathways in which they can be inserted.

2) The assignment of operational management through self-employees and agreements with associations, cooperatives in the area and/or the possible formation of a committee for managing the ossuary coordinated by the municipality itself, in agreement with the Province of Verona to allow an adequate public opening of the structure and organization of guided tours.

3) The assumption of costs of maintenance, cleaning grass cutting, park maintenance, maintenance of decorum for both the monument to the attached keeper’s house and the cost of utilities.