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22. Great War: Doss Casina and Dosso Alto
Garda Trentino
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Difficulty
Intermediate
Activity time
3:20
Duration in hours
Distance
7.2
Distance in km
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A hike through some of the First World War sites where the Italian Futurists fought

This area bears many traces of the First World War. Malga Zures, fortified by the Austro-Hungarians with a complex system of tunnels was a particularly important point on the Front and the target of a particularly violent assault by the Italian army in 1915. The position was held by the imperial troops until the end of the war, but the Italians took up position in the immediate vicinity at Doss Casina (which became the hub of the Italian front line), as well as Doss Remit and Dosso Alto.

During the early months of the war, a number of Italian Futurists who belonged to the Voluntary Cyclist and Automobile Driver Battalion were posted at Doss Casina: these included Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, Mario Sironi, Luigi Russolo, Antonio Sant'Elia and Antonio Bucci. For them, the experience on the Front was an unforgettable experience which they speak about in their private correspondence and diaries but also in their sound poetry and the  “Manifesto of Futurism – Italian Pride”.

Further information and useful links
  • For a number of years now the Nago branch of the National Alpine Regiment Association has been working on a project focusing on the many relics of the Great War in this area. Their website contains photographs and detailed information on hiking trails along the front as well as historical details of the events which unfolded in these places.
  •  For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: 
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it

Route info
Intermediate
Distance
7,2 km
Activity time
3 h 20 min
Ascent
448 m
Descent
452 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.035 m
Lowest point
679 m
Suggestions
An itinerary along the former border between the Kingdom of Italy and the the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the First World War. 
Safety guidelines
The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.
Punto di partenza
Malga Zures - Nago
Directions
From Malga Zures take the Peace Trail SAT 601 (Sentiero della Pace) to Dos Casino passing through trenches, defence posts and barracks from the First World War. A short detour from the main trail leads up to the peak of Doss Casina (panoramic viewing point: the Italian defence post was in a straight line of view with the main Austro-Hungarian defences - Brione, Rocchetta, Tombio, Creino, Biaena) and the little chapel built here by serving soldiers in 1916. At the turn-off follow directions for SAT 601C which leads to the Garbegne military encampment and the Sasso Sega military cemetery. Turn onto SAT 601B to get to Dosso Alto, the scene of numerous battles. Head back to the main trail and down to Malga Zures.
public transportation
Malga Zures is not served by any public transport service.
How to get there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it   

You can get to Malga Zures from Nago by the tarmac road for Monte Baldo (approx. 10 km)

Where to park
Free parking at Malga Zures

You need to be wearing the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you take when you go on a hike?

What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency

Emergency telephone number: 112

Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season. The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains. When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.

And finally...
... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.

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