In the Presence of History the Cadorna Line
Monuments in Lombardy, the Cadorna Line
The Cadorna Line is a relevant testimony of World War I, but it is also an evocative itinerary for visiting on foot or by mountain bikes.
Traveling along the Cadorna Line is like going through the red line of Italian history, just as walking in an extraordinary landscape and a breathtaking military archaeological site at the same time.
When it comes to the Cadorna Line, we are talking about the defense system that rests along the border between Italy and Switzerland, devised by General Luigi Cadorna, with the purpose of stemming Austrian and German attacks during the Great War.
From 1916 to 1918, thousands of people were employed in building muletracks, trenches, defensive blockhouses, artillery towers, sighting outposts, field hospitals and coordination and logistics structures.
The results of such effort are still visible to this day, thanks to over 300 kilometers road, 400 kilometers of muletracks and 72 kilometers of trenches that can still be traversed to this day.
In order to embark on this thrilling journey, you can start from several locations in the Province of Varese: some of which are Cassano Valcuvia or Monte Marzio.