Marmolada

Nature and history on the "Queen"

Its shape is unmistakable: Marmolada looks like an imposing massif with its spectacular glacier, the largest of the whole system of the Dolomites.

The summit of Punta Penìa, located at over 3,300 metres above sea level, is the highest in the Dolomites, which is why the Marmolada is referred to as the "Queen", with its pale dolomite limestone rocks and a rich history, which has also witnessed the tragedy of World War I. Rocks and glacier were the scene of clashes between Italian and Austrian soldiers: a battle that you can re-experience in the highermost museum in the world!

The Dolomites and the Great War

World War I swept Trentino and changed its history. In August 1914, men were conscripted and sent to the Russian front, where they suffered bloody losses. From May 1915 on, a wide portion of the Trentino territory was devastated by the bombings. One third of the population was evacuated and moved to Austria, Bohemia, Moravia, or to other parts of Italy. At the end of the war, after the disappearance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Trentino became part of the Kingdom of Italy.   

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