The Great War

The Great War deeply left its mark on Trentino. Today, this province is a true open-air museum with its restorations and renovations that have transformed a unique historic heritage into an immense opportunity to understand, learn and reflect.

Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra
Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra
Forte Pozzacchio
Forte Belvedere-Gschwendt

Hundreds of kilometres of mule tracks and trenches, dozens of strongholds and forts, posts, tunnels and barracks at the extreme altitudes of perennial glaciers, war cemeteries, large and small museums coordinated by the Trentino Grande Guerra network  (, as well as multimedia installations offering first-hand experience of the everyday life of soldiers.

One of the most important in Italy, the museum exhibits weapons, uniforms, photos, paintings, documents and relics of the First World War, with a large space dedicated to artillery. Featuring an archive and a library, it promotes studies, research and temporary exhibitions, as well as educational workshops. On the occasion of the centenary of the Great War, the museum is collaborating with the Mart to set up the exhibition entitled La guerra che verrà non è la prima. Grande guerra 1914 - 2014.

Founded in the early 20th century by the aviation pioneer Gianni Caproni of Trentino, the museum exhibits a permanent collection of historic aircraft, an extensive collection of documents, relics, as well as graphic, photographic and technological materials by well-known designers and Italian aviators.

The Bell of Peace, forged from the cannons of the First World War, was commissioned by the priest Don Antonio Rossaro after the war. It is the largest tolling bell in the world. Thanks to the Fondazione Campana dei Caduti, it is a place for reflection and projects focused on interaction between peoples. Every evening, the bell tolls a hundred times to send peace throughout the world.

The “Gallerie”, one white and one black, are two former road tunnels, dug under the Doss Trento, and the Mausoleum of Cesare Battisti. A surface area covering over 6,000 square metres has become an innovative and original exhibition centre run by the Fondazione Museo storico del Trentino.