Forte Campomolon

Three Italian forts contrasted the Austrian ones of Alpe Cimbra.
They were: Forte Vezzena (2015m above sea level) called “the ruler of the plateau”, Forte Campolongo (1720m above sea level) and Forte Campomolon (1853m above sea level).
Among the 44 Italian forts, built from 1908 to defend the national boarder, Forte Campomolon is the only one unfinished. Nevertheless, because of its strategic position it was armed with 280mm howitzers. For such reason, it kept Forte Cherle, Forte Dosso delle Somme, Forte Sommo alto and Forte Belvedere Gschwent under fire.

No plan of the fort has been recovered. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to imagine how the building should have been, armed with three 149mm cannons.

In addition, the tubular tunnel that leads to the square remains mysterious.

Forte Campomolon is renowned for the “sacrifice of Ten”. On 10th May 1916, during the first phases of the Strafexpedition, Paolo Ferrario gave his life to stop the enemies from taking the artillery intact.

How to get to Forte Campomolon
From Folgaria: take the road to Passo Coe and continue (about 15 km) after the Rifugio Valbona, the overlooking Sella Valbona (1782m). Park your car and take the dirt track on the left, in about 2 km you will reach Forte Campomolon.

It is possible to reach the top of the high ground, and from there enjoy one of the most impressive landscapes of Basso Trentino.