The Historic Sights of Rovereto
Roverto ItalyOne of the pleasures of staying around Lake Garda is that there are so many places within easy reach from this beautiful lake location. One little known gem has an incredible wealth of history and is just 20km (12 miles) east of the north end of the lake. Roverato is well worth taking the detour off the E45.
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The town of Rovereto is based around the Venetian castle that has dominated the town since 1416. It has now been appropriately transformed into the Museo Stroico della Guerre, or war museum on Via Castelbarco. Rovereto was at the centre of fierce fighting during World War 1 and the museum has a fascinating collection of wartime propaganda, humour and spying artifacts. It is also a grand building which has some impressive views from the castle roof. Visitors can see the nearby Ossario del Castel Dante, which is the military shrine on the nearby hilltop standing on the site of the battle. It houses the remains of local war heroes and some 20,000 soldiers who lost their lives during the Great War.
Close to the War Museum there is the Civic Museum with a fine collection of archeological relics as well as exhibits on art, natural history and folklore which make interesting browsing. For those who enjoy modern art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, known as MART can also be found here, on Corso Beseno.
Nearby is the Campana dei Caduti, which translates as the bell of the fallen. This huge bell was cast at the end of World War 2 from melted down cannons and mounted in an imposing building above the town. It is rung daily at sunset.
It is worth traveling about 8km (5miles) north of the town to the massive Castel Beseno. This enormous castle, by far the largest on the region, dates back to the 12th century when it was built to guard the junction of the three valleys. Fans of Dantes Inferno will want to return via the SS12, down to the tiny village of Marco to see the Lavini di Marco, some huge boulders the size of houses. They were created by landslips and are mentioned in Dantes work. Fossilized dinosaur footprints have also recently been discovered here. This day trip certainly has something for everyone!
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