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The last visits of my summer vacation are Werk (Fortress) Valmorbia and Werk Mattarello. We tried to visit Fortress Valmorbia first.
Fortress Valmorbia lies in a beautiful green valley. Most of the Fortress is cut into the mountain which makes it hard to find.
We drove to the village of Valmorbia in the hope for road signs. Looking back, we found our moutain top. Unfortunately a huge crane towers above the rocks on top.
We turned and drove back and found the road leading to the Fortress. Again fences block the road, this time it is really sealed, I can’t get through.
This is, besides the Fortresses of Tenna, and Colle delle Benne, the 3rd fortress that is under construction. There is one mayor discovery, a huge billboard with an announcement that the place is really undergoing restorations. So they must be open for the public in the future. Check the internet if you want to visit it.
The fortress was built from 1906 to 1915 and is mostly cut out of the mountain. The rock is used as a natural protection. It was armed with 10 cm and 15 cm guns which protected the valley below. The entrance to the fort is about halfway between the towns of Valmorbia and Pozzachio,Italy.
The Skoda Gun at Rovereto, Italy
On the way back from Valmorbia we entered the town of Rovereto, and ran into a huge artillery piece. It was a Skoda 305/10 mortar gun standing in front of “The memory of the great war and modern conflicts” museum. Unfortunately, we had no time to visit this museum.
As said, the Skoda gun on display is a 305/10 type gun, which means it was a 30,5 cm caliber mortar, produced in 1911. It weighs an impressive 20 tons. It was developed to penetrate bunkers and concrete buildings in the first world war. It could penetrate up to 2 meters of reinforced concrete.
The gun stands in front of the entrance of the museum, it should be easy to find.
Information on the museum “The memory of the Great War and modern conflicts”:
“Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra”
Via Castelbarco, 7
38068 Rovereto (TN)
tel. +39 0464 438100
fax +39 0464 423410
Fort Mattarello lies near to the town of Mattarello Italy, but the address in Google Maps reveres to Trento though. It is a little road through vineyards, a bit of searching and you will reach it.
Believe it or not, but when we reached the fort on top of the hill there was no construction site. Unfortunately it was still closed. So I didn’t get near enough to get some shots of the place.
While I wasn’t in there, I still noticed it isn’t used for any purpose at this time. Nature is slowly taking back what belongs to her. Foliage fills up the anti tank / personnel ditch. The roof cover is torn off, the metal is laying all over the perimeter. I tried to take a picture through the keyhole in the front door. A spider made his web just behind it, my camera focused on the web instead of making a shot from the entrance.
The Fort had two batteries on the side, the upper and the lower battery.
The armament of the main building consisted of;
- 4 x 12 cm M 96 guns in armoured Casemates
- 2 x 15 M 80 armoured mortar in revolving domes
- 2 x 8 cm tank gun M 94 P under revolving tank domes
- 7 x 8 mm machine guns M 93
- 11 x 1 rifle feed
I made my way around the fort and took some pictures. It’s really hard to see through the leaves and trees. I put them in the photo section anyway.
Fort Mattarello Address
The adress of Fort Mattarello is:
Strada dei Forti, 38123 Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Strada dei Forti, Mattarello, Italy