Alpine Front in World War I
In addition to the remains from the first World War that I found on
my walk on Wednesday, we made two trips particularly focussed on the
When Italy entered the war in 1915, it was promised Trento, Trieste, Gorizia
and Gradisca, Istria and northern Dalmatia from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The
area we are staying in was at that time part of Austria-Hungary, but part of it
was rapidly invaded by Italian troops, the front running through the area and
moving relatively little for an extended period.
7 July 2011: Tre Sassi Fort
The construction of Tre Sassi fort began in 1897 by the
On 5 July 1915, the Austro-Hungarian fort was hit by Italian shells,
partially collapsed and was evacuated. The fort now houses an
interesting museum of the Great War.
Climbing away from the fort up the hill of Sass de Stria
The hill is riddled with trenches which make for some fascinating
With rain coming, we retreated back to the car after a
remarkable little exploration.
8 July 2011: Cinque Torri
We took the chairlift again that we took on Monday, which can be seen in
the background of this photo, and took the short walk to the Cinque
Torri open-air museum.
Looking across the valley at some of the targets for the Italian guns
The Cinque Torri - five towers