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The forts

Forte Interrotto (ph: Roberto Costa Ebech).

Forte Interrotto (ph: Roberto Costa Ebech).

The system of fortifications built during the years before the outbreak of World War I constitutes, together with the network of trenches and walkways currently in restoration, the most immediately visible legacy of the conflict, and the base of the outdoor Ecomuseum of the First World War. However, visiting the forts has not only historical but also landscape strong values, since the most part of them is located in the most scenic places in the Plateau, overlooking the Astico, Assa and Brenta valleys. In all the Plateau territory there are four “main” Italian fortifications, plus the spectacular, but secondary from a militarily point of view, “Forte Interrotto.” To the Italian forts just as many Austrian fortifications were opposed, currently in Trentino. Starting from the west, there are the Corbin (in the territory of Roana), the Campolongo (Rotzo), the Verena (Roana), and the Lisser (Enego). Among the Austrians, there are the Belvedere (Lavarone), the Luserna (in the homonymous municipality), the Verle and the Spitz Verle (in the Vezzena’s plain). In spite of the abundant investment and great resources expended, the military function of these works of war (especially the Italian ones) quickly ran out shortly after the outbreak of the war, because of the massive bombardments of the most powerful enemy batteries and the receding of the Italian front line determined by the Strafexpedition.

Click on the numbers for see the deepenings:

1) Forte Corbin; 2) Forte Campolongo; 3) Forte Verena; 4) Forte Lisser; 5) Forte Interrotto.

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