In 1972, the small town of Asolo, a preserved Renaissance marvel situated 60 km northeast of Venice, was to be handed over to property developers following a decision taken by the regional authority.
The project included the construction of three giant car parks of 1,000 spaces each and a hotel complex counting 1,100 beds around the town. A classic process: to attract people to Asolo, first destroy everything attractive about it. Called upon to help, Franz Weber alerted the European press and the Italian government - with the desired success. Rome intervened, and Asolo remained untouched.