The Great History
Chapters of history between howitzer and missiles
A few places in Alpe Cimbra know how to tell the story!
The Fort Belvedere-Gschwent, a First World War mountain fortress built in the early 1900’s, tells about the War of the Forts, the clash between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Italian Kingdom (1915-1918). Today it is a museum and, once stepped inside, the long corridors of the blockhouse, the underground hallways, the howitzers underneath armored cupolas and the multimedia installations, envelop the visitors in the harsh atmosphere of a war fought between rocks walls, concrete and steel. Belvedere-Gschwent is a unique witness of a conflict that changed Europe dramatically.
A few kilometers away is Base Tuono, a museum dedicated to the Cold War era (1949-1989) and to the Nike-Hercules missile defense system. It was one of the twelve missile bases of the Air Force, deployed in Northern Italy in the sixties as part of NATO air defense system in southern Europe. Missiles pointing to the sky, hangars, underground bunkers, electronic wagons and radar evoke the tension between East and West of the world.
These museums represent a great opportunity to involve, even the youngest visitors, in the memory of the war. A war that did not involve only adults, but also marked the childhood of the "little ones". Games changed, new stories were told with new heroes, they had to become adults too quickly.