Image: Office for Archaeological Finds, Autonomous Province of Trento via The Telegraph

Frozen in time and space, the serene highland landscapes of northern Italy’s autonomous Trentino region hide dark and somber secrets. A case in point? One day in 2004, Maurizio Vicenzi was walking the snow-blanketed slopes of San Matteo. Here, he came across a disturbing sight: three dead bodies dangling from a wall of ice.

Image: Adriana Moreno via El Mundo

The remains – which belonged to three young men – had lain undetected for nearly 100 years. Their discovery was particularly pertinent for Vicenzi, who worked as a guide and served on a local mountain rescue team. He was also an amateur historian and the director of a military history museum. And his family had been involved in the very same events that had claimed the lives of the men.

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