|Mte Piana Looking NE—Austrian Forces Occupied the |
Smaller Section—Italian Troops, the Larger Southerly Section
During the First World War Austrians and Italians fought each other atop Monte Piana (7,625-ft elevation on the southern peak). This mountain of the Sexten Dolomites range was the scene of a slow but gruesome attritional war. The area overlaps the former 1753 frontier between the Republic of Venice (Serenissima) and Tyrol. A boundary stone is still visible on site. Consequently, it was accessible to both sides at the opening of the war on the Italian Front. Also, anyone force controlling its flat top had a 360-degree view of the activity in several passes through the nearby range. A more desirable observation outpost could hardly be conceived.
|An Austrian Trench|
|Today Mte. Piana Is an Outdoor Museum|