Muzzerone Fortress

Porto Venere, Italy

This Italian fort was built in 1870 and was served during both world wars. Its main armament consisted of eleven 240mm artillery pieces.


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Founded: 1870
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Ticore Tekk (2 years ago)
Sehr gut um Touren zu starten und danach mit Meerblick zu entspannen:)
ceci gaet (2 years ago)
stupendamente bello vista mare da sogno
Ferro TDU (2 years ago)
Sarebbe un bel posto se non fosse chiuso e per il panorama impossibile da apprezzare date le piante attorno che ne impediscono l'osservazione
Paolo Sassi (2 years ago)
Sarebbe bello visitarlo all'interno. Buon posto per fermarsi dopo una bella camminata
Antonio Seghetti (2 years ago)
Imponente fortificazione costruita nel 1876 ca e situata ad una alm 326 metri. Originariamente utilizzato come batteria antinave e successivamente adibita a batteria contraerea. Integrato benissimo nella natura, rimane ancora demanio dello stato quindi non vi si può entrare. Ottimo posto per effettuare un campeggio di emergenza. Da qua si gode una vista bellissima. Ad est il golfo di La Spezia, Lerici, Monte Marcello spingendosi fino alla riviera Apuana, nella quale si spiccano le cave di marmo di Carrara, mentre ad ovest, versante 5 terre, si vede il mare aperto dal quale si può godere di un favoloso tramonto. Se passate di lì e consigliato fermarvisi per godere di tali bellezze.
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