ITALIAN FORTRESSES LINE:
MILITARY FORTRESSES VERENA, CORBIN, INTERROTTO, LEITEN
The itinerary starts from the visit of Fortress Verena, right from which,on 24th May 1915 was launched the first gun shot from on the italian front, which marked the entry of Italy into the conflict. The itinerary continues with bus transfer (about an hour) to Roana for the visit of the Fortress Punta Corbin. The fortress, built on a spur of rock jutting over the Val D’Astico had the task to defend the valley against the Austro-Hungarian invasion. In the afternoon transfer to Camporovere and visit of Fortress Interrotto, used as barracks and observatory of the Verena fortresses line. Later, transfer to Asiago and visit of Leiten Museum and Shrine.
H 8.00/8.30 DEPARTURE FOR VISIT TO FORTRESSES verena AND punta corbin
- MEETING POINT AT MOUNT VERENA ski area
ASCENT OF MOUNT BY CHAIRLIFT FOR VISIT TO THE FORTRESS.
That of Mount Verena is one of the most significant and symbolic fortifications of the Italian barrier on the Asiago plateau . It was the highest military construction of the plateau (2015 m above sea level), a few miles from mount Vezzena Pass that marked the border with the Habsburg Empire . From here it was launched the first cannon shot against the near Fortress Verle (8 km as the crow flies) at the dawn of May 24th , 1915.
Thanks to recent restoration works, it is now possible to visit this charming place and enjoy the spectacular view. You can see the barracks, casematte used for weapons storage, the locations of the gun batteries and the domes where the guns were placed .
Suggested period of visit : June to October .
Arrival by coach at Mount Verena Ski Area from where starts the chair lift connecting the fortress, ascent, and visit of the fort. Redescent by chairlift .
- BUS TRANSFER TO ROANA
GUIDED VISIT TO THE HISTORICAL MILITARY MUSEUM OF FORTRESS CORBIN.
The construction of the Fortress of Punta Corbin as a barrier of the Astico Valley began as early as 1906. This armoured fortress had an important strategic function.. Occupied by the Austrian avant-garde during the “Strafexpedition”, it was abandoned during the following month during the strategic retreat and then used as advanced Italian observation point.
Inside the fortress is a museum, in which are preserved many relics of the First World War, including the original keys of the fort, a fragment of the original dome and objects that belonged to the soldiers.
Period of visit: From April to November. The rest of the year is closed due to snow.
Is possible to reach the fort by coach thanks to the link road built during the conflict. A few steps from the entrance gate is an ample free parking available to visitors.
Distance Forte Verena – Forte Corbin: 18km. Around 30 min by coach.
h 12.30/13.00 lunch at RISTORANTE LOCANDA STELLA ALPINA Loc. Treschè Conca, Roana
- Restaurantpart of the groupparticipating in the initiative”ATTABLEWITHTHE TRADITION” for the enhancement of local products.
Menu based on typical products of the Plateau: tasting of fresh local cheese, flavoured cheeses “Bastard” and “Imbriagon” paired with sauces of own Homemade pasta with pine dressing, Asiago, mushrooms, gnocchi with local ricotta, porcini soup, deer, roe deer, antelope, chops of plateau cattle. Local wines.
Distance Fortress Corbin – Restaurant: 21 km. about 30 min. by coach.
h 14.00/14.30 DEPARTURE FOR VISIT TO FORTRESS INTERROTTO AND LEITEN MILITARY SHRINE AND MUSEUM
- coach tranfer to CAMPOROVERE
Visit to fortress Interrotto
Fortress Interrotto was one of the Italian fortifications built on the Asiago Plateau to control the near the border with Austria -Hungary . It was designed in 1885 on top of the homonymous mountain at a height of 1392 meters above sea level thus to allow the control of the central basin of the plateau. It is possible to visit the casematte for the accommodation of the troops, the stores, the ammunition depot , the kitchen and the stables for the horses . At the center is a large garden which allowed , to collect rainwater with special tanks. All around the outside perimeter are still visible slots for close clashes .
The ascent is very easy and you can choose the length according to the starting point . From the center of the town of Camporovere ( Roana – VI), the road is paved for the first few miles , then turns on dirt patch.
Suggested period of visit : summer months.
Starting from Camporovere it takes little more than an hour to get to the top with the road first paved, and then on natural background, running through the woods .
Starting instead from the end of the paved road in the nearby of Mount Rasta ( when the asphalt ends, after the bend there is parking available) the excursion is reduced to about half an hour.
Distance Restaurant Stella Alpina – Fortress Interrotto : 8 km. about 13 min by coach.
- COACH TRANSFER TO ASIAGO
Visit TO LEITEN MILITARY SHRINE AND MUSEUM
The Shrine of Leiten, together with that of Cima Grappa, is one of the biggest charnel houses of the Great War. It is placed on the top of Leiten hill from which it takes its name, and is connected to Asiago city center by the charming “Avenue of Heroes”. From the Shrine is also possible to access the museum, consisting of two sections in which are exposed various relics and materials found on the Asiago Plateau. On the outside a stair allows you to reach the arch, depicted in the coat of arms of the province of Vicenza. All around the entire structure can finally be seen the original restored cannons.
It can be visited throughout the year. The ascent to the shrine takes a few minutes by feet.
Hypothesis: Meeting with the authorities of the city of Asiago and laurel wreath-laying.
Distance Fortress Interrotto – Leiten Shrine: 3,5 km. About 7min by coach.
h 20.00/20.30 dinner at – choice between
- Restaurant Casa Rossa Da RICCardo
Restaurant part of the group participating in the initiative “AT TABLE WITH THE TRADITION” for the enhancement of local products. Dishes based on local products: dandelion flowers,
Piatti a base di prodotti tipici del territorio: fiori di tarassaco, carletti, Hops shoots, Vegetables of the Highland, honey, cherries, pistachios. Speciality of the house: Peppers ice-cream.
- RESTAURANT PIZZERIA WUNDERBAR
Special pizzas with fresh traditional products of the Highland.
Distance Shrine – Pizzeria Ristorante 190 m – about 2 min by feet.
h 21.30/22.00 after dinner – visit to beekeping kaberlaba
Tastings of honey, jams and fruit infusions at Ancient Beekeeping Kaberlaba, located a few hundred meters from the restaurant. House specialties: fruit honey (strawberries, berries and tangerine), Haselnussa (hazelnut cream and honey), dried fruits and honey. The beekeeping also produces cosmetics. After the tasting it is possible for those who are interested, the purchase of different products.
Distance Leiten Shrine– Restaurant Casa Rossa: 4,7 km. about 10 min by coach.