Although its beauty and its height--it is the tallest chain of peaks in the Prealpi mountains--are reasons enough to hike to the top of the Pasubio Mountains, it is really the remnants of the battles fought here during the first world war that are the real reasons for visiting these mountains. Everywhere are reminders of the terrible battles fought here, from crumbling barracks, networks of underground tunnels, rusted shrapnel and bits of artillery, and even human bones.
Above, Rifugio Lancia sits on the opposite side of Cima Palon, the tallest peak in Pasubio, about a few hours walk. Nowadays, the mountain is relatively buccolic, especially in the more remote parts away from Rifugio Papa. No matter how peaceful however, the smallest things can jolt one out of the serenity. In the valley pictured below, there is an Austrian bunker around the next turn, intentionally hidden from Italian bombers and artilery hits. The area around is littered with remnants of boots, tinned rations, and human bones.
At the entrance of the Strada de 52 Gallerie, one has the option of driving down to Posina, a little village at the bottom Val Posina, accessed through Passo Xomo. It's a beautiful area, and worth visiting just for the sake of doing so. But the best part of visiting the village of Posina is eating in either Trattoria all'Alpini or or Trattoria Garibaldini, two competing restaurants that specialize in gnocchi. The rivalry between the restaurants is storied and legendary, and for my money the gnocchi in Trattoria Garibaldini--the only one I have tried, as of yet--were too pillowy and delicious to even imagine being bettered.