A memorial stone on the Blockhaus to remember "The Brigands" and the Unity of Italy
Majella, imposing and rugged, dominates the landscape of Abruzzo and always arouses great charm with its unique natural environments and the touching historical evidence. Among the latter, one of the most original is represented by the "Tavola dei Briganti", a set of limestone slabs emerging at high altitude, on which many shepherds and some brigands have scratched their names, their stories, the symbols of their lives. The Majella, in fact, with its high slopes, its caves, the deep valleys and the rugged and impenetrable ravines, was for years a refuge for those who, by choice or necessity, opposed the realization of the Unification of Italy and to the restrictions given to these territories by the new Italian state. To counteract the activities of these bands, the Savoy troops, in 1861, built, in a strategic position, on the highest peak and in the heart of the territory-refuge of the brigands, a fortified outpost that at the time was called "Blockhaus" (from here the name of the summit).
Sometimes it happened that the brigands were at night to mock the Piedmontese soldiers, recording their names and leaving their anti-unification messages just a stone's throw from the fort.The best known and most interesting is the following:
"LEGGETE LA MIA MEMORIA PER I CARI LETTORI.
NEL 1820 NACQUE VITTORIO EMANUELE II RE D'ITALIA.
PRIMO IL 60 ERA IL REGNO DEI FIORI
ORA È IL REGNO DELLA MISERIA"
Not all the inscriptions are made by brigands, in fact most of them report names, dates and places of origin of the shepherds who in summer used to frequent the high pastures of the mountain with their flocks.
On the plateau of the Blockhaus (2,106 meters) there is still the ruin of the stone fort and just nearby was placed a memorial to remember the bloody events between the new Italian army and the brigands of the Majella in the aftermath of the Unification of Italy.