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Forts and Museums

Museum Forte Corbin

Forte Corbin

The Fort of Punta Corbin is an Italian fortress of the First World War built near the village of Treschè Conca,on a rock spur overlooking the Astico Valley.

Built to be a model fortress,the Corbin is the largest and most articulated fort of the Asiago Plateau and is a real open-air museum that offers a breathtaking view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Thanks to the restoration and maintenance work carried out constantly by the owners, the Corbin Fort can be fully visited and inside it houses a museum where war artifacts, vintage photographs and historical documentsare exhibited. For its uniqueness, Fort Corbin was chosen by Alberto Angela for a documentary on military archaeology broadcast by Super Quark, Northwest Passage and Ulysses.

In addition to the military structure, which can also be visited completely in the illuminated basement,the visitor can devote himself to visiting the large park, made of sunny meadows and fresh groves, framed by a magnificent view of the valley and the western mountains. Not only history, therefore, but also landscape, nature, exploration.

Corbin Fort is open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Background:

Built from 1906 in anticipation of a conflict against the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the fortress of Punta Corbin was only active for a short time and then occupied by the Austrians during the Strafexpedition of 1916. After the retreat of the opponents, it returned to Italian hands and was used as an observatory until the end of the war. In the post-war period it was first abandoned by the state and later damaged by recoverers until in 1942 it was sold by the state and was purchased by the Panozzo family,who still own it and take care of its restoration. For several years a museum and teaching activity has been carried out and the fort is part of the Rete Musei Alto Vicentino. It is an increasingly popular destination for school children and tourists, who can visit the fortress with the help of a map with the explained route, a written guide or an escort.

The visit of the fortress:

Punta Corbin Fort is a very articulated military structure that covers an area of 22 thousand m². To allow a full visit, a visit route marked by arrows and numbers has been developed that guarantees the visitor to see all the various parts of the fort without neglecting anything unintentionally. The visit lasts at least half an hour, but for a proper knowledge of the place and its history it is worth dedicating about an hour and a half, time that allows you to read the various in-depth panels that are placed along the way and admire the surrounding landscape. The visit can be done independently, with the help of a map that is delivered at the time of purchase of the entrance ticket. For those who want a more comprehensive visit, there is the option to request aguide, with a small surcharge.

The Museum

Punta Corbin Fort is called a " military historicalmuseum" because it is conceived as an open-air museum where everything is part of the Historical-Cultural Heritage of the Great War. For this reason, the entire fortress is considered a national monument and is subject to the protection of the Superintendence.

In addition, at Fort Corbin there is a museum in the museum: inside the former command building a permanent exhibition has been set up where the finds found during the restoration works are displayed, documents and numerous vintage photographs related to what has previously been visited.

Services

  • Guided tour with map and numbered route
  • Guided tours by appointment
  • Museum with video room
  • Bars and cafes
  • Convenience store with sandwiches, pasta dish with polenta, suppressed and Asiago cheese and garnishes
  • Picnic area in the Park of the Fort
  • Free car parking at 50 meters
  • Free bicycle parking with padlocks
  • Itinerary suitable for disabled guests
  • Organization of cultural events
  • Bookshop
  • Access allowed to dogs with leashes, except the video room
  • Disabled toilet

Opening days

Fort Corbin is open year-round on Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays,from 10am to 6pm summer time and from 10am to 5pm winter time.
On weekdays it opens by reservation for schools, groups and individual tourists.
In July and August it is open every day.
In the winter months, in case of heavy snowfall, the opening may not be guaranteed: it is advisable to call for confirmation.

Directions

Fort Corbin is located on the western side of the Asiago Plateau,near the village of Treschè Conca,in the municipality of Roana. It is one of the few forts to be reached by car through a paved road that starts from the Church of Treschè Conca. A few steps from the entrance gate a large free parking is available to visitors and customers of the bar.
Given the isolated position of the fortress, the navigator can only help up to the Church of Treschè Conca. If you are using the navigator, set the address "36010 Treschè Conca di Roana, via Granatieri del Cengio 1" and follow the signs.

To reach it

  • From Vicenza: follow the S.P. 349 (cost) towards the Asiago plateau. Arrived in Treschè Valley, you reach the village church and follow the signs to Forte Corbin, along a paved road of 5 km.
  • By motorway: take the A31 (Valdastico) and exit at Montreal toward the Asiago plateau. Once the "cost" S.P. to Central 349, in Treschè Basin (village of Roana), continue towards the village church and follow the signs to Forte Corbin.
  • From Trento: follow signs for Asiago passing through Vezzena. Reached the village of Camporovere (village of Roana) follow signs for Canove, Cesuna, in Treschè Hollow.

On foot or by bicycle

Its geographical position makes Fort Corbin a destination or intermediate stage of several marked paths and routes. From Treschè Conca you can reach the fort with the CAI 804 path. Then, the CAI 635 connects the fort to the Astico Valley (Pedescala). These two paths, joined to CAI 633,constitute a long loop route through the Valdassa. Otherwise, with a walk of about an hour you can reach Monte Cengio where you can complete the historical route by also visiting the sacred area of the Granatieri.

Alternatively, for a very easy and family-friendly one-hour walk even with strollers, you can follow the main road that leads to the fort starting from the church of Treschè Conca.

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