Bus de Vela fort, Cadine, TrentoBus de Vela fort, Cadine, Trento

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    This is a locally famous spot. Interesting. And quite off the path. Well done Aug!
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      Yes, but no plan Aug!
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A little red limestone Austrian fort erected in the middle of a narrow valley controlling the road to Trento...

Have a look at this very nice work: the fort was equipped with a drawbridge, whereas the river, at this point, flows in a hidden and artificial riverbed.

My experience, Explo description: 

The fort was part of the Austrian fortification system on the Italian border.

The fort war erected in 1862, under the direction of Von Khunenfeld, directly on the road coming from Riva del Garda. Its 3 medium-caliber guns were directly focused on the road. It was the end point of the defensive line that led from Bondone to Candriai Sopramonte (Blockhäuser Camponzin and Mandolin). The fort could also count on the support of the Doss di Sponde blockhaus and del Soprassasso retranched camp to protect its sides.

In 1915 it was unarmed and artillery were positioned nearby. From 1918 to 1949 served as an ammunition dump of the Italian Army. Occupied by the Germans in WW2, in April 1945, it was the subject of an attempt (failed) attack by a group of partisans.

Until a few years ago, the fort was crossed by busy state 45 but now, freed from this flow, the fort is abandonned. It is dedicated to be a local museum and study center dealing with the history of Austrian fortifications in Trento.

Have a look at this very nice work: the fort was equipped with a drawbridge, whereas the river, at this point, flows in a hidden and artificial riverbed.

At the moment, I am not sure that the museum is already open.

The Doss Sponde blockhaus is located 300m from the fort in the forest, but it is a private property.

My personal recommendations: 

You can walk on the road, which is now abandonned. At the location of the fort, the gorges are really impressive, with huge cliffs.

About 100m (East) from the fort, I did find some other small military vestige (I guess) in the forest.

How getting there: 

The complex is located on the road to Riva del Garda, 6km from Trento (SS45 bis). You can access by car, directly.

A tip to eat: 

No place to eat. Take a pic nic.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

If the research center/museum are closed, you can get in. But you can visit the exterior of the fort, which are really impressive.

Entry fees: 

Free for the exterior.