During the war, Bolzano, Italy, formerly within the Austro-Hungarian Empire was the key rail depot for the only line supporting the empire's forces in the Trentino. It is also the site of possibly the least-liked and least-known World War I National Victory Monument. The reasons for this include the fact that Mussolini's Fascists built it, that it was placed in a smaller, little-visited city, and that much of the present population, while comfortable with their present arrangement with the Italian government, does not necessarily identify with the victors of World War I. Then, again, there was the German occupation in World War II, but that is another story.
|Note the Surrounding Fence and the Fascist-Style Architecture|
Built on the site of a former Austrian monument, the victory gate opened in 1928. It is located at the Piazza Vittoria near the city center, and there is a small museum nearby. According to Wikipedia, the monument still is a focal point of the tensions between the Italian- and German-speaking communities in Bolzano and is fenced off to protect it from defacement.