Author: Barbara Palladino
Translation by Michelle Nebiolo
On the top of the Marmolada, at 3,000 meters of altitude, you’ll find the Marmolada Great War Museum, a 300-square-meter space celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Remodeled in 2015, the museum offers an interactive, multimedia and multi-sensory itinerary that invites visitors to relive the drama of the First World War, in the exact location where so many men fought, through the reports, stories and documents of the soldiers who lived the conflict in person.
This, between rock and ice, is the highest museum in Europe. And it rises in the exact area where, in 1916, lieutenant Leo Handl had the idea to build a “City of Ice”: a network of tunnels carved out of the mountain’s belly, 12 kilometers long, allowing soldiers to reach the outposts that were further down, and more exposed, while avoiding both enemy fire and the elements. As the glacier constantly evolves, snow has now blocked the galleries leaving little to nothing of this incredible project; however, periodically new traces emerge of the life soldiers lived here back then, which is fully documented by the Museum.
Indeed, the various rooms showcase Italian and Austro-Hungarian equipment, historical weapons, paper documents, badges, medals, as well as a symbolic reproduction of a trench – where soldiers came face to face with death and the horrors of war.
Marmolada Great War Museum
Via Malga Ciapèla, 48
Rocca Pietore (BL)
Photos: press office