Nearly ninety years have elapsed, since tens of thousands of Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers met in one of the most terrible fights if the First World War, on the Mountains of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

In order to keep the memory of those events alive, the Municipality of Cortina d'Ampezzo, together with the Austrian partners of the Municipality of Koetschach-Mauthen and the Alt-Kaiserjaegerclub of Innsbruck, within the programme Interreg II Italy-Austria, thanks to the financial support by the European Community through the Veneto region and to private co-financing - in cooperation with the Artistic and Environmental Property Service of the Veneto region and the Regole d'Ampezzo - have transformed all the works, constructed on the mountains by the Italian Alpine Troops and the Austrian Kaiserjaeger between 1914 and 1918, into a huge monument.

An immense open-air museum, accessible throughout the whole year, is the result of this great operation of war archaeology and restoration, which has seen the participation of the armies of the Countries that ninety years ago fought as enemies on these mountains.


 

 

Just a short way from the hiking paths and the ski slopes, from the mountain inns and the climbing areas, that have made the Dolomites a desired tourist resort, it is now possible to visit all the tunnels in the rocks of Lagazuoi, the trenches and the open emplacements on the Cinque Torri, the restored Valparola Fort - now the site of the Museum of the Great War on the Dolomites.

As far, these places had been testimonies to the cruelty and the inutility of a war, whose very meaning was difficult to understand. The traces and the remains can now talk to us in the useful and civil language of knowledge.

 
       
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