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The show

A reportage that retraces breathtaking landscapes, abandoned places in places as incredible as they are inaccessible, where the forgotten battles of the Second World War were fought. The author takes us on a journey of adventure, deep research and exploration, taking us along the Alps from France to Croatia, crossing Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia.


Starting from the origins of his family, decimated by the Great War and affected by the Second World War, the author decided to retrace the footsteps of his grandparents to remember the tragedy that touched the lives of millions of Europeans. Behind the camera lies a feeling of pity for the fallen and of brotherhood among peoples.

The photographic exhibition, which has obtained the patronage of the European Commission, CAI, ANA and ESN Italy, is the new chapter that follows the one dedicated to the Great War.


Alessio Franconi is the author for Morellini Editore and for the Ulrico Hoepli publishing house. Collaborate with the magazine "Military History".

He practices the legal profession alongside which he works as a photographer-writer. He published Si battattava qui! 1914-1918 (2017) and Alpi theater of battles 1940 - 1945 (2020) published by the publishing house Ulrico Hoepli and the books Slovenia (2017), Tallinn (2018) and Estonia (2019) published with Morellini Editore

Since 2015 he has exhibited in photographic solo exhibitions in Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, France and Poland, set up in prestigious and important venues including Milan, Genoa, Trento, Kobarid, Tallinn, Lyon and Krakow.


An exhibition by Alessio Franconi, with the patronage of the European Commission; National Alpine Association; Italian Alpine Club; Erasmus Student Network Italy; Hoepli and with the support of MR International Lawyers; With the technical support of PermaJet Professional Inkjet Media; Unimaginable; BiG Broker Insurance Group - Ciaccio Arte.

Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 9
16123 Genova


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Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Until 13 March 2022

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Hugo Pratt.

Until 20 March 2022

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