4 Forts to explore in Italy
Located in Southern Europe consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands.
The fort of Fenestrelle is Europe’s biggest fortified structure and the largest walled construction after the Great Wall of China. A stone colossus that extends for about five kilometers along the hills of the Val Chisone and covers a height difference of almost 700 meters. Fenestrelle Fortress was intended to serve as an impenetrable barrier for Italy in the eighteenth century. It is now one of the major attractions in this area which attracts a lot of tourists.
The fort of Bard is a fortified complex that was rebuilt in the 19th century by the House of Savoy on the rock overlooking the village of Bard, in the Aosta Valley. After a long period of abandonment, the fort has been totally restored with interventions inspired by conservative recovery: it was opened to visitors in January 2006. It currently hosts exhibitions of ancient, modern, contemporary art and photography.
The Forte Belvedere, a common name of the Santa Maria fortress in San Giorgio del Belvedere, is one of two fortresses of Florence, as well as a famous scenic spot and valuable architectural work of the city. Located at the highest point of the Boboli hill, it can be accessed from the San Giorgio coast, via Belvedere or via San Leonardo. Today the fort hosts summertime art exhibitions, which are well worth a peek if only to revel in the sweeping city panorama that can be had from the fort.
Forte Spagnolo is a fortress of the Aquila, built during a grandiose project of military strengthening of the territory that took place during the Spanish domination in southern Italy in the first half of the sixteenth century: never used for purposes war, it was used in the seventeenth century as the residence of the Spanish governor and later as accommodation for French soldiers in the nineteenth century and German soldiers during the last world war, while in 1902 it was declared a national mo