Museum Forte Belvedere

Currently a museum, Lavarone-based Belvedere-Gschwent Fort is the only fort to have remained intact.

Museum Forte Belvedere
Museum Forte Belvedere
Museum Forte Belvedere
Museum Forte Belvedere
Museum Forte Belvedere

Forte Belvedere of Lavarone still holds its highly evocative atmosphere and is the only fort on the so-called "Steel Trench" to have survived unscathed from the Ferro alla Patria, the "Iron to the Homeland", a demolition campaign promoted by the Fascist regime in the 30s. Built between 1908 and 1914 on a spur overlooking the Val d'Astico, Forte Belvedere was also a strategic lookout-point. According to a number of historians, the first artillery shot against the Italian lines was fired from here. After painstaking refurbishing works, the fort currently houses the Great War Museum and the history of the plateau front.
The museum does not just simply showcase an array of items and photographs, but also an updated historical description of the First World War. Furthermore, a living plastic model is used to visualise dynamic information and help visitors fully understand life in the fortress, its history as well as its many aspects. The rooms on the ground floor host a description of the fort's origins in addition to details of the plateau fort system, while the rooms on the ground floor illustrate military operations and wartime events. The second floor houses a teaching section where the causes of the conflict and its chronology are explained. A reconstruction of life in the trenches is also found here, so that visitors can get an idea of the living spaces and conditions a soldier fighting in the front lines was supposed to endure.



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