History tells us that the author Ernest Hemingway was stationed in Italy during World War I. He was billeted in the town of Villa Ca Erizzo Luca where he drove an ambulance collecting human remains. In 1918 he was seriously injured and sent to the town of Bassano del Grappa to recover. And it was there that he wrote a seminal masterpiece "A Farewell to Arms"...

Source: By Ernest Hemingway
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The novel is thought to be semi-autobiographical and includes lots of detail about locations in northern Italy. I would like to visit some of those places as a sort of makeshift 'Hemingway Pilgrimage'.

There's the Hemingway Museum in Bassano del Grappa (in fact the town was renamed as an homage to Hemingway), which looks like a great place to start. This museum is described in admirable detail in an article by Military Historian Karin Martinez.

Source: U. S. Army

Question: Leaving Bassano del Grappa and heading into the hills where the fighting was the most intense, are there any other mementos honouring Hemingway? Roadside plaques? Small monuments that mention Hemingway? Or streets named after him (but not the one in Bassano del Grappa). Or alternatively, is there an organized Hemingway pilgrimage that follows "A Farewell to Arms" that I could join?

Secondarily: My path may take me near the city of Montebelluna. Do they have an outlet where I could get a great pair of hiking shoes? It's not about shopping per se, it's about the presence/absence of a little known outlet available to the public.

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    Give me a couple hours to answer this.
    – JoErNanO
    Jun 6, 2016 at 6:39
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    Couple of hours wasn't enough, or the blindfold scared you off? :-) Anyway, I'm over in Spain at the moment, and two different cities/villages are both claiming to be Hemingway's favorite spot :-) and have streets (and restaurants, bars, etc.) named after him. But the idea of a "Farewell to Arms bike tour" tempts me …
    – WGroleau
    Jun 14, 2016 at 12:08
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    Shopping; you're speaking my language. You might find your bargain at one of these outlets (including online previews): Salewa on via Feltrina Sud 154A www.salewa.it/it/outlet/scarpe.html, or Orizo at via Feltrina Nuova 49 www.orizo.eu/uomo/
    – Giorgio
    Jul 30, 2016 at 16:30
  • @Dorothy that's answer-worthy, why not add it?
    – Gayot Fow
    Jul 30, 2016 at 18:20

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Several outdoor gear manufacturers have outlets right in Montebelluna. The Salewa Store is on via Feltrina Sud 154A. Orizo Factory Outlet is at via Feltrina Nuova 49. The links take you to the scarpe/shoes, per the question, but both offer lots of other options.

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