The Wolf’s Ravine
The Wolf’s Ravine
The Wolf’s Ravine
This ring route leads to the discovery of a system of trenches built by the Austro-Hungarian army on the Martinella ridge, on the stretch that rises from the village of Serrada to Fort Dosso of the Somme.
The long trench, named TheWolf’s Ravine, was used throughout the war and has been recently recovered. It was rediscovered almost casually in 2014 after decades of oblivion. After the rediscovery, a group of volunteers recognized the area in some paintings by Albin Egger and in the photos of an Austro-Hungarian officer, Ludwig Fasser. Today, after years of work (not yet completed; the surprises continue!), the route is certainly one of the most interesting and spectacular in this area.
The 5 km path starts from Cogola, at the entrance of the village of Serrada, near the restaurant. At the start, a panel illustrates the route and paints a picture of the main historical events of the area (the panel recommends the use of a protective helmet in transit through the Ravine). Along the entire route, in addition to the signs, there are panels that present historical photos that allow you to compare the current landscape with that of a hundred years ago.
After the first stretch in which the path climbs into a beautiful beech forest, you reach the beginning of the The Wolf’s Ravine. The path is dug between high rock walls and allows you to walk lengthy trench sections and observe gaps and observation points overlooking the Terragnolo valley. The view ranges from the Borcola pass to the Pasubio mountain range and the Terragnolo valley.
At the end of the ravine, you reach the place where the barracks stood and housed the garrison of the fort. The path continues first inside a trench and then continues in the meadows below the Fort Dosso of the Sommo, 1,670 meters altitude. (in German “Werk Serrada”).
Imposing ruins remain of the fort that was built between 1910 and 1915. It’s task was to control the underlying Valley of Terragnolo up to the Borcola Pass and to prevent Italian advances towards Rovereto. It was the largest and most modern fortress of the Highlands of Folgaria and Lavarone. As evidenced by the numerous craters still visible near the fort, it was bombarded by Italian artillery during the war. However, the rubble we see today is mainly due to the demolitions carried out in 1936 to recover the steel contained in the roof.
Even though some entrances are visible and one senses the presence of tunnels that go into the structure, to visit the interior is not possible. To understand the size and organization of the fort, it is advisable to walk around it.
To return, you can follow signpost 136 which leads to the Baita Tonda refuge and then leads downstream to the center of Serrada (1 hour and 20 minutes).
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