'We caught the service bus from Lido di Jesolo to Fossalta around noon on a very hot summer's day. On arriving at Fossalta, the only place we could find that was open was a cafe at the head of the main street.
'After refreshing ourselves, we inquired if there was anything that commemorated Hemingway. We were directed up a side road towards the river. On reaching a rather crude but effective pontoon bridge about a half-mile from the town, we turned left on the embankment for some 200 yards where we found a stele (an upright memorial stone) erected to commemorate Hemingway.
'The inscription on the stele reads: 'Su questo argine Ernest Hemingway, volontario della Croce Rossa Americana, veniva ferito la notte dell'8 luglio 1918: A cura degli'amici di comisso il 16 settembre 1979.' Which I translate as: 'On this embankment Ernest Hemingway a volunteer of the American Red Cross was wounded on the night of 8 July 1918 . . .'
'We then had another drink back in the town and caught the bus back to re-read A Farewell to Arms. The next year we went and stayed, as you did, in Stresa.'Reuse content