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Bolzano is a must stop for visitors to the Italian Front. The setting is breathtaking, the intertwining of Italian and German culture is fascinating and the town is a valuable crossroads and rest stop when moving from the Dolomite to the Carnic Alps.

The issues regarding the Great War are two-fold:

  • During the war, Bolzano was the key rail depot for the only line supporting Austro-Hungarian forces in the Trentino.

    Bolzano During the Great War

  • It is also the site of possibly the least-liked and least-known World War I National Victory Monument. The reasons for this include the fact Mussolini's Fascistis built it, it was placed in a smaller, little-visited city and much of the present population, while comfortable with their present arrangement with the Italian government, does not necessarily identify with the victors of World War I. Then, again, there was the German occupation in World War II, but that is another story.

Sources and Thanks: The images and data from the Bolzano Tourism Site.

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